Second Sunday after Christmas Day, January 3
Jeremiah 31:7-14 (Joy as God’s scattered flock gathers); Psalm 147:12-20 (Praising God in Zion); Ephesians 1:3-14 (The will of God made known in Christ); John 1:[1-9] 10-18 (God with us)
A good relationship involves movement. We can move physically, emotionally, or spiritually, but there has to be some kind of movement for a relationship to grow. God describes marriage as a man leaving his father and mother and joining with his wife. In the passage from Jeremiah, God’s describes the joy of His people returning to Jerusalem from exile. What great joy they experience as they return to the land of their forefathers and the land where they worshiped God. A newer, stronger relationship would come from the return of God’s people to Jerusalem.
Ultimately, though, a far greater movement had to happen. The King of Glory had to move from heaven and come to earth to develop an everlasting relationship with His people. John describes this amazing miracle with these simple but life changing words: “The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” And so, the Lord who created heaven and earth, without whom nothing was made that has been made, came to live on earth with the message of salvation. Just as God has moved to establish a relationship with us, we must move to accept it. We must move on from our sin. We must move on from the prideful idea that we can do things on our own. We must respond to the offer of the King of Glory to live in our hearts and make us His people in a new, eternal relationship. Have you done that? If not, what will it take you to do that? God has shown that He will move heaven and earth to reclaim your love and allegiance – how will you respond to Him?
Lord Jesus, You came down from heaven and dwelt among us. So many of your own people didn’t even recognize You. Even today, in spite of all You have done for us, we have turned our backs on You and have gone our own way. Draw us back into our relationship with You. Help us move closer to You each day.