As Mother Mary took some well-deserved time off, we were blessed to have as our guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Harold Lockett. He brought with him his lovely wife, Carol. They were a joy and we were very pleased to have them with us.
Father Lockett began with greetings and shared that one of the best things about being a supply priest in the Diocese was seeing all the different churches. He was thrilled to be able to see things as the Bishop sees them.
The Gospel reading for this day was John 1:1 – 18. Father Lockett believes that this passage holds the true meaning of Christmas. All the gospels chronicle the life of Jesus. Matthew and Luke share the birth story from different perspectives…Matthew from the view of Joseph and Luke according to Mary. Mark’s gospel begins with Jesus’s calling of John the Baptist and recounts the mighty works of healing done by Jesus. Today’s passage from John is the prologue. For John, Jesus’s birth started in Heaven and brought light to the world.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Father Lockett referred to Logos Jesus. The definition of logos in theology is the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. John’s gospel reflects this concept as he tells us that the Trinity preexisted the earthly birth. John lays it all out. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. Some accepted and embraced the fact that they are Children of God. Others rejected him even with the witness of the many acts of healing and miracles that took place.
Though they are not bad, the true meaning of Christmas is not about all the trappings of gifts, decorations, and celebrations. (Did you ever wonder why these things are called trappings?) Father Lockett spelled out the true meaning of Christmas in three parts.
1. Jesus was God and with God in the beginning. He did not just come into existence with an earthly birth.
2. God sent his son. While among us, the Son’s ministry of healing and other miracles convinced some, but others still rejected him. The major rejection was the call for the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus as he was condemned to death.
3. Even though he was crucified and was dead, Jesus was raised and ascended again to his heavenly home. He lives on and gives us the right to eternal life.
Jesus is our Light! That gift is better than any gift under the tree, better than any holiday lights, and better than any decadent meal we could share. Let that Light shine through you. Thanks be to God!
Respectfully submitted by Brenda Worley