Too often this passage is read at Christmas time simply for nostalgic purposes. We think of Linus’s rendition in a Charlie Brown Christmas and say, “Oh what sweet memories; what a nice story.” But this is more than just a nice story to be read at Christmas for the whole of the universe rests in this truth. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This is not merely a story. This is the story. Apart from the Word becoming flesh there is nothing.
If God has become flesh and we are witnesses to it, we must proclaim it. What a blessing it is to have been born in a context where we, like those shepherds, have had the word made known to us. Just as they did on that night thousands of years ago, we must spread the word to those who have yet to hear.