John 1:1-5, 10-18
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
In the Beginning
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“From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.” Verse 16 from the first chapter of John’s Gospel is the perfect reminder of all it means that Christ has come into the world. Today is the 12th day.
The 12th day of Christmas. Tomorrow is Epiphany, which is the official end of Christmas. But the promises of Christmas don’t end when the season does.
Christ coming into the world is the first act of grace, but everything that comes afterwards an experience of that grace. And there’s a lot of grace to come. “From his fullness, we have received, grace upon grace.”
Fullness here means presence – so it might be better to say “from his presence with us, we have received grace upon grace.”
Christ has come. Christ is with us. With us.
Even after the trees are down and the decorations put away.
No matter what happens in this new year.
And because God is with us – we receive Grace on top of grace, on top of grace, on top of grace.
Questions To Ponder/Discuss
1. When do you consider Christmas to be “over” in your household? What makes it officially over for you?
2. What might it mean for you that Christ is with you, always with you in the world, no matter what? Does it change anything about the way you live your life?
3. How might you remind yourself of this promise of “grace upon grace” as Christmas ends and we continue on in the year?
Many people make New Year’s Resolutions in January that often don’t last past February. But God has resolved to be with us and will not let that resolution flounder or fade away.
Create your own ways to remind you of this promise throughout the new year.