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John 1 v 10 - 13

The Ancient Greeks believed that where there is order there is a mind behind it. On a human level we aspire to live as well-balanced people and on a universal level we can appreciate the fine tuning which has gone to create and keep a place fit for humans to live. Those of you on the more mature side will remember that through the years there have always been the seasons, a rhythm and pattern to life and very little goes wrong in Nature: the occasional floods, earthquakes and harvest failure have caused a lot of pain, but they don't dominate in terms of frequency or destruction. It is possible that this is beginning to change. How can we see God's Logos (Greek for Word) in the world in which we live? 1. Look outwards and see the great mind which orders the world, beyond human thought: most people call that 'God'. 2. Look upwards especially on a clear night and see just a few of the myriad stars in the heavens. An astronomer can tell you accurately when a certain planet will appear and eclipses of the sun can be predicted for hundreds of years in the future. 3. Look inwards: how do we get this power of reason? Where did we receive the power to decide right from wrong? Immanuel Kant the philosopher declared long ago that two things convinced him of the existence of God: the starry heavens above and the moral law within. 4. We must look backwards. When we study history we come to recognise that moral degeneration and national collapse go hand in hand. In present times, we can note that those leaders in the United States and Britain who have led morally questionable lives have struggled with leadership as a clear sense of right and wrong is vital to lead a country well. Even if Jesus Christ had never come into this world in bodily form it would still have been possible for God's Word to have been perceived. Read Romans 2 v 14-16 for more on that. The shock for the writer John is that Jesus, the Word of God, the full expression of everything God is, came into the world and very few recognised Him! Will you recognise the Word afresh this Christmas?

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