Today is the first Sunday of Advent and it seemed appropriate to reflect these next few Sundays about the coming of Jesus. John 1 seemed a good place to start.
"In the beginning was the Logos. The Logos was with God, and the Logos was divine. This Logos was with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through it, and apart from it, not even one thing came into existence. That which has come into existence by it was life, and the life was the light of mortals. And the light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not put it out."
It is not until verse 14 that we hear, "the Logos became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld its glory, like the glory of the only born from the Father, full of grace and truth."
The Logos was the word of God, his will in action. When God created the world, he spoke. Everything came into existence when God spoke a word. To speak of Jesus as God's Logos come into the world is thus to say that Jesus is the instrument by which God accomplished his will for the world. That will was "full of grace and truth." His will was to make sons and daughters in the world of all who would receive him (1:12). His will was an expression of love, for it was because God so loved the world, that he sent his Son into it (3:16-17).
Jesus on earth "tabernacled," which is to say that he was a tent in which God was present in the world. Jesus on earth brought life to the dark in the world. The first Sunday of Advent is about expectation about foreshadowing, about prophetic anticipation. What are we to anticipate? This year I am anticipating the Spirit of Christ filling the world again this year and thus God's will coming into the world again this year. I am anticipating God's presence being in and among us, bringing grace and truth to the world once more.