The Word Became Flesh
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13 ESV
Questions for reflection
- What do you think John means when he says that Jesus gives light to everyone?
- Why is the declaration that the Word is the true light a cause for joy in your life?
- Why is it good news that the light was coming into the world?
In 1719, Isaac Watts, one of the greatest hymn writers of all time, penned a hymn titled Joy To The World. Though it became known as such, it was not written as a Christmas hymn at all, but rather about the second coming of Jesus. Regardless, Watts’ lyrics fit perfectly the joy we experience at Christmas time. Sing this together as a family or on your own. Consider looking at Psalm 98, upon which Watts based his hymn. Spend time giving thanks for the joy you experience now in the Light of the world. Anticipate together the joy you will experience when Jesus comes again!
This study guide includes excerpts from the Advent 2016 study of Santa Barbara Community Church