It’s always fun for me to make a note of the Scriptural reference that my pastor sticks on the sign outside our church building as I leave the sanctuary on Wednesday night, leaving choir and headed for my truck so that I can drive home. As I left this week—singing in Italian, thanks to an offhand remark from our choir director about the necessity of good diction when singing in that language; she was amused when I broke out into an Italian madrigal on cue—I noted that the selection was John 1:1-5. I groaned slightly.
John’s just always felt too flowery, too reverential [as if one can be too reverential when talking about God]. However, there’s a certain poetic grace to it. Consider the passage Larry selected:
The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
One has to read further into the chapter the first time through to know that John is speaking of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Messiah. It makes for great theater when read aloud, and it does make sense to remember that the Bible is an artifact of a society where it was, indeed, often read aloud and sometimes its words set to music! For study, it’s not so much fun at times, but it certainly has its place.
I rather imagine that, having preached last week on Advent-as-preparation-for-Second-Coming, Larry will take this week to remind us about the First Coming. That’s entirely appropriate, and I look forward to his sermon.