Jn.1:10 – He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].
John’s version of the birth of Christ is totally different from the other gospels. Matthew and Luke focus on the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. John starts his gospel with, “In the beginning was the Word…”. He describes the Lord in His eternal existence with the Father. He makes it clear that the Son of God did not begin His journey in Bethlehem, His story dates from before the dawn of all creation. John tells us that everything that is was formed by His hands. Then John tells us the unthinkable, the Creator stepped into His own creation. There He is; nursing at the breast of a woman He created, sleeping amongst some farm animals that came into existence by His design, and resting beneath the canopy of stars that were flung from His hands. The Creator enters His own creation in the form of a baby born in a stable in Bethlehem. Here is how Luther describes this phenomenon.
“But let us go farther. If the Word preceded all creatures, and all creatures came by the Word and were created through it, the Word must be a different being than a creature, and was not made or created like a creature. It must therefore be eternal and without beginning. For when all things began it was already there, and cannot be confined in time nor in creation, but is above time and creation; yea, time and creation are made and have their beginning through it. Thus it follows that whatever is not temporal must be eternal; and that which has no beginning cannot be temporal; and that which is not a creature must be God. For besides God and his creatures there is nothing. Hence we learn from this text of Moses, that the Word of God, which was in the beginning and through which all things were made and spoken, must be God eternal and not a creature.”
This is what makes Christmas so amazing. At the darkest hour the Light came into the world. Each Christmas reminds us about this hope as His light continues to penetrate the Darkness. How does that happen year after year? It happens when we open our mouths and tell His story. We cannot, we will not be silent. Christ has been born and our world needs to hear the story of Jesus.