The Christmas Prologue 9: He is here with you now, yes, even in the hell of the pain.
John 1: 14 “John 1: 14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
We end the Prologue today. These powerful 14 verses of John’s gospel.
John in this opening of his gospel is keen to compare the story of Moses, their hero, with that of Jesus.
There are so many parallels in the gospels of Jesus and Moses, but Jesus is greater.
Herod ordered the killing of all the Bethlehem boys of 2 years and under to be killed, in order to make sure Jesus was killed.
The slaughter of the innocents happened, Jesus had been born.
The King of Egypt ordered the new born males to be killed and Moses had been born.
Identical beginnings and it reveals Jesus is greater than Moses.
From the beginning of his life and at the end of his life on the cross we see a violent and terrible world. A world that He came to redeem.
For Jesus, the greater Moses, living between the atrocities of Christmas and the cross came to redeem our lives but also to show us that that gospel message can survive the most dire of circumstances.
If the gospel can survive the violence of Christmas and the vulgarity of the cross it can survive anywhere in the world and in any circumstance.
So no longer do we need to say, ‘Where are you in this?’
For as we see the total vulnerability of God to expose Himself to the atrocities surrounding His incarnation, we see He exists in pain and suffering.
What is He doing there?
He is delivering us. He is bringing us out of the hell of the pain.
He is doing it not through a law but grace. Grace upon grace. Continual grace.