The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Reading John's words

The Gospel brings us the Word, living among us

We in the ELCA come to this Christmas in the midst of the Book of Faith initiative —  with all our members encouraged to dwell in the word. We open our Bibles once again to the Gospel of John.

Wordsmith extraordinary who has his head in the clouds, John reminds us of who God is: the Word. John tells us how the Word, this theoretical thing, became flesh and lived among us ... full of grace and truth.

The word has special meaning to both the Jews and the Greeks. The Jews knew that God spoke in the beginning and there was. That's the story of creation: the Spirit moved, but God spoke. God spoke at various times for 1,500 consecutive years from Moses to Malachi.

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