John 1 - For further reflection

John 1:1-5, 14-18 was our text for the first Sunday in Advent.  If you'd like to do some more reading, reflecting, journalling, here are some related Scripture passages to look up, and some short readings to ponder.

For further reflection, look up the following verses:
• 1 Timothy 6:16; Exodus 33:12-23; Hebrews 9:1-12; Ephesians 2:19-22
• If you're really ambitious and want to read about the Tabernacle, see Exodus 25-28.

The New Testament is in the Old concealed; the Old Testament is in the New revealed.
-- St. Augustine

The Son of God...being very and eternal God...did, when the fullness of time was come, take upon him man's nature, with all the essential properties, and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin.
-- Westminster Confession of Faith, 8.1

The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man...He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.
-- C.S. Lewis, Miracles, p. 143, 148

Our Lord came down from life to suffer death;
the Bread came down to hunger;
the Way came down, on the way to weariness;
the Fount came down, to thirst.

He so loved us that, for our sake,
he was made man in time,
although through him all times were made.
He was made man, who made man.
He was created of a mother whom he created.
He was carried by hands that he formed.
He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, he the Word,
without whom all human eloquence is mute.
-- St. Augustine, Sermons 78 and 188

The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity - hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory - because at the Father's will Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later he might hang on a cross.
-- J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p.63