Dec21SatDecember 21, 2019
Love came down … and moved into the neighbourhood.”
That sentence is on our message board along Gore Road. It plays off the well-known verse from chapter 1 of John’s gospel. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14, NIV). A more literal translation of this verse says that the Word “tabernacled with us” or even “tented with us.” Other translations have used language like “he took up residence with us” or “came and made his home with us.” A popular phrasing comes from Eugene Peterson’s THE MESSAGE which says, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.”
All of these versions are attempts to mirror John’s poetic description of what we celebrate at Christmas. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God came to this earth to live among us and bring us the gifts of salvation and rescue through his death and resurrection. But there is more. It can be said that even past Christmas, Jesus is still here, having taken up residence among us and moved into our neighbourhoods. Jesus is present through us his people. In this season of celebrating God’s intentional loving presence among us through the Christ-child, let us commit ourselves to being that same presence of Jesus among our neighbours.
As I reflect once again personally on God’s love come down, I pray that you will be blessed throughout this Christmas season of 2019 and may experience the love of Jesus moving in your homes and gatherings. Carolyn and I and our family want to offer our thanks for the expressions of love, care and support we have received through Bethel Church during the past year. May God’s choicest blessings be yours for the year 2020. -EGN