Just one word
A Christmas Reflection
Words are powerful. God used words to bring order out of chaos. He used them to create the universe. Without words, we would have no concept of who God is, what He wants, or why we exist.
Words bring meaning. They reveal truth. They expand our thinking and open up possibilities. They don’t just enable us to share information; they enable us to share our hearts.
Words can also be twisted to serve purposes that are exactly the opposite than those for which they were originally intended. Words deceive and destroy. They can be used to close minds, and isolate us from God and from one another.
But there is One Word that cannot be twisted. One Word whose power cannot be co-opted. That word is described in the Gospel of John:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1)
That Word is the object of our worship and celebration, and all the more so because, “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 1:14).
How amazing that God became less, in order to be like us… so that we could become more… like Him.
Nothing is so poetic and yet at the same time so practical as the Incarnation. It is said that a picture paints a thousand words. And yet, with just One Word, God painted a thousand pictures.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. I don’t think anyone believes it was on December 25 because for one thing, there was no such month as December in the Land where He was born. And even if there had been, there is no evidence that connects His birth to any particular date.
That doesn’t take away the joy that many of us share by paying special attention to the Incarnation at this time of year. In an age when words are so often twisted, truncated or otherwise stripped of their true meaning, I like to think of the Incarnation as the most concise and incorruptible Word in the Universe. Long before the twitterverse existed, God had mastered the art of getting down to essentials. He only needed One Word to get His message across!
It is increasingly difficult to find greeting cards that have a message to honor the One whose birth is most worth celebrating. Over the years, we’ve printed many articles and poems to express what the birth of Yeshua means to us, and we’ve listed some of them at the end of this article. Please feel free to share anything you read there with your friends, via email or print, using the guidelines you’ll find at the end of that section.
May God help us all shine His light especially brightly at this time of year, when so many people are seeking joy that can only be found in Him.
More Christmas articles by David Brickner:
Other Christmas articles:
- The Christmas Resurrection Connection
- Parallels and Contrasts of Hanukkah and Christmas
- Christmas Oy (a good read for those who feel low at Christmas time)
- Merry Christmas—Jewish Style: How to Include Jewish Friends and Neighbors in Your Celebration
Last but not least, it’s not too late to browse or download some of our favorite holiday literature!
We hope you enjoy browsing through some of our “Christmas content” and with the exception of the booklet that is offered for sale, you are free to share this content with your friends, whether you download and reprint it, or else share the urls to your favorite pieces. We do ask that you include the name of the author for any piece you use, as well as “copyright Jews for Jesus” filling in the date you’ll find listed for the article or poem. Please do not alter any wording when reprinting. Thanks, and Merry Messiahmas to you and yours!
This content was adapted from an earlier Jews for Jesus article.