The Tiger's Eye: Old words but still true

25 December 2007

Old words but still true

Today's Old Testament reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad
tidings, Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and
saying to Zion, "Your God is King!"
Hark! Your watchmen raise a cry, together they shout for joy, For they see
directly, before their eyes, the LORD restoring Zion.
Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his
people, he redeems Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; All the
ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.

Is 52,7-10.

And from the Gospel of John:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man's decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw
his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and
John testified to him and cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said,
'The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.'"
From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father's side, has revealed him.

John 1,1-18.

Merry Christmas 2007