“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1)
In reading a Chronological Bible we find most beginning with this verse from John’s Gospel. “In the beginning…” We have heard this before. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, begins with “In the beginning…”
We are never to forget Who was the Creator of the beginning, even our beginning. Our Creator existed before our universe’s beginning and our beginning. He is the One who makes beginnings happen. His “In the beginning” set into motion events that would bring us to our very day. These events would bring us into His presence by His Spirit giving us faith in His Son. This would all happen because He would create a new beginning by sending His Son into this world to save us.
When we approach the Great Celebration of Christmas we see it as a “beginning.” It began God’s redemptive work with His creation in earnest. No more wrestling with a stiff necked people. It was time to make the ultimate sacrifice of grace and enter the sinful human race with His sinless Son. It was time to make a new beginning, a splash. We experienced that “splash” in our new beginning in our baptism.
That beginning has led us to a saving faith in Jesus. That beginning has led us to a life that looks back on that beginning with praise for our God. At Christmas we do look back. Look back and celebrate the Savior of the world - the Savior of our world. Praise His coming for us all.
Heavenly Father, how far back would we have to go to know Your plan for our Salvation through Your Son, Jesus? You are the First and the Last, the Beginning and Ending. We thank You for Your beginning that chose to save us from ourselves.
We thank You for Your beginning that drew us into Your Forever Family through Jesus. Jesus! What a Savior! Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and is a guest columnist.