This Christmas story is an amazing story – and I wanna lean into a short synopsis that the writer of the book of John records for us.
John was one of the disciples that followed Jesus around. Heard his teachings. He stood there at the cross while Jesus was crucified. He saw Jesus buried. And He saw Jesus after he came back to life! And then for the next 30-40 years, John went around telling people (not just what he believed) but what he had SEEN & HEARD. Now, John is looking back and he writes one of the verses that nearly everyone has probably encountered before. One of the most famous verses in the Bible.
And this, in so many ways, is his summary of the Christmas message!
Not during the time of the birth of Jesus – but recorded some 30+ years after the death and resurrection of Jesus!