Despite the big push to remove all traces of Christ from an event that, for all practical purposes represents a boon to business and mutual indulgence to families, Christians still view Christmas as the celebration of our God Jesus’ birth.

 

I’d like to make my own contribution to this celebration, a piece of Scripture that I consider to be of magnificent elegance and of surpassing theological value. It gives us a supernatural, God-inspired glimpse into the ultimate nature of Jesus Christ, second Member of the Holy Trinity.

 

This passage is the first eighteen verses of John’s Gospel, known by many as John’s Prologue. I write it by memory, having committed it to my heart in the thought that if I ever should be imprisoned for my faith, I might write it on the wall of my cell. I used to be pretty comfortable in the thought that such an event wouldn’t be likely. Now I’m not so sure.

 

Here, then, is John’s prologue, taken without comment or alteration from the Authorized King James Version of Holy Scripture, straight from my heart to yours:

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

“All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.

 

“In Him was life; and the life was the Light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of that Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

 

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

 

“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name; who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

 

“John bore witness of Him, and cried, saying, This is He of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me is preferred before me; for He was before me.

 

“And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Art Perkins