The Gospel of John opens so beautifully. The words evoke past through future. “In the beginning” takes us all the way back to Genesis and reminds us that Christ was there too. John also provides the feel of the eternal in his vision of Christ’s glory “at His father’s side”.
Yet this morning the present tense is what resounds within me. John writes that He came in the flesh and dwelt among us. As much as we are still present in this world, so too is Jesus. Christ, the light, came and lived amongst the darkness. He stepped into the pain, injustice, suffering and brought light, hope, healing, love. Jesus continues to be present in this world, still full of grace and mercy. He comes each time a Christian acts on His behalf.
Today’s Upper Room had a touching story about a woman who brushed away a man out collecting for a mission on a rainy day. She was too busy with her knitting. But her nine-year-old daughter innocently asked the question that needed asked: “Why? Why did we give nothing?” The mother had no good answer, only a lifelong reminder from the faith of a child. Jesus came and loved. This day may we offer all the love we can in the times and places that He calls us to today.
Scripture reference: John 1: 1-18