Advent Reflections: a meditation on the incarnation


In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God

The Word, Jesus. Jesus was the Word. Jesus is the Word. He was with God at the very beginning. At the beginning of the world. Before the beginning of the world. They were always together.

All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

Jesus, the Word, created the world. He spoke us into being, when God instructed him to. He made each of us. We are his creation. We are his.

Imagine that. Imagine God and Jesus coming up with the idea of you, putting together your special gifts in a unique combination; preparing in advance special works for you to do, and then making you. Making you you. Unique, and special, and not exactly like anybody else in the whole world.

It’s amazing and it’s special. It is too wondrous to fully grasp.

And yet, there is still more…..

Jesus, through whom you were made, loved you so much that he came to save you. He came to reconcile you, restore your friendship with God. He would have come for you alone. If there were no one else in the whole world that he could save, he would still have come for you.

Really, he would.

There was a moment when Jesus, the Word, left heaven. Left his heavenly Father, God. And began a journey to earth. A journey to Mary, where he would grow as a baby, and then be born.

I wonder what that journey was like? Did it happen in an instance, or did it take some time? We know that a thousand years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand years to God.

I wonder, during that journey, did Jesus think about each and every one of us? All the people he had made. All the people he knew were still to come?

Imagine yourself travelling alongside Jesus as his thoughts settled upon you. Perhaps he remembers the moment he spoke you into being. Perhaps he remembers God’s instructions describing all your special features. Your intricacies. Your special gifts. Perhaps he remembers how lovingly God described you to him. Perhaps he remembers the love with which he spoke you into being and the love that welled up in him thinking of all that you would become.

And now he sees some of your pain. Your sadness. Your struggles. Some of the darkness that you live in. And he is so excited to be coming to earth to save you. To shed his light upon you. To scatter the darkness. To chase it away. To bring you close to him and Father God. To free you to be all that he made you to be. To bless you. To comfort you. To love you.

To love you, deeply, and uniquely.

He made you. He came to save you. He restored you into relationship with God through him. He will come again and make all things new.

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.
St Augustine

 Stay before him now in the silence. Feel his love. Listen to his words. See his loving face.

Don’t rush away. Stay a little longer, together with him, in this quiet.

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Writing about my contemplative journey to come closer to Jesus. I hope to inspire and equip others on their journey.
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