The Word made flesh . . .
John 1:1-5,9-14 NLT
 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 He existed in the beginning with God.
 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.
 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Reflection . . .
Christmas Day often pales in the sentiment and hype of Christmas Eve. People are so focused on family, gifts and food that the birth and celebration of Jesus Christ is almost overlooked altogether! Christmas Day has become yet another holiday to focus on ourselves, sleeping in or getting up early to open gifts, time with family having fun, and eating ourselves silly! Christmas is about Jesus, so let’s get the focus right!
Jesus, God incarnate, the Word of God, the God-man; He came into this world as a baby, as one of us. In Him was all that God could give, all that God was in human form. He came to His own people yet they rejected Him, they focused on their own expectations of a Messiah not being fulfilled.
What are your expectations for being filled with hope, joy and peace?
If we expect to be filled by the material things this life and world offers, we’ll be disappointed. If we expect to be satisfied the materialism of our culture, we’ll be left empty. If we expect other people to bring us a sense of joy and peace, we’ll be left alone and wondering. If we expect anything to last for more than just a few fleeting moments, we’ll be left short!
Only Jesus brings lasting hope, joy and peace to those who believe and accept Him. He is the Messiah, the One the world has been waiting for, full of Grace and Truth. Will you believe and accept? Dedicate time today to dwell in His presence.
Here are a couple of versions of O Come, All Ye Faithful. Give Him all the praise and worship!