John 1:15-18 - Merry Christmas.
I looked up what the word "merry" means and simply put, it's 'cheerful and lively'. What a great greeting to extend to someone this morning, As we look at the reading this morning from John's opening verses of his Gospel, we find the writer works hard to help us appreciate in our heart and soul, what he has already written in the preceding verses. He sums it up this way; the Son, Jesus, has made God the Father known to us. In his life his death his resurrection and the giving of his Spirit to be our constant companion and guide, Jesus is indeed making the Father real to us. It's why he also writes that "the Son, who is himself God ..." (vs 18) has made him known. The wonder of Christmas is this - we who were once alienated from God have been brought into the very presence of God through the grace and truth of Jesus the King. Earlier in chapter 1 of Johns gospel, the writer says that Jesus the Word came to that which were this own but his own did not receive him but those who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become Children of God.
This is the message of Christmas - the birth, life death and resurrection of Jesus the King means we have the right to become children of God, when we receive him and believe in him. What a cheerful and lively outcome; Merry Christmas.