Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Beginning Of the Story


It is the greatest story ever told - God come down to earth to rescue fallen man. In Matthew's gospel, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,  he begins the story with the lineage of Jesus - establishing His claim as the long awaited Messiah and King. Skipping over the genealogy and birth of Jesus, Mark begins the story right at the start of Jesus ministry. Luke, on the other hand, begins at what we would consider the beginning. His gospel opens with the story of Zechariah - months before the angel made the astounding announcement of a virgin birth to a young Jewish girl.

As satisfying and complete as the story in Luke feels to us, it is John who takes us back to the true beginning of this great story - to a time before time began. "In the beginning," he writes, with the breath of the Holy Spirit flowing through his pen, "the Word already existed." He goes on to tell us, "The Word was with God, and the Word was God."

There it is - the beginning before the beginning. Jesus always was - no beginning and no ending - eternal. He was there at the time of creation. "God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him." Long before God blew the breath of life into Adam's nostrils the story was written.

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Have a blessed Christmas,