John begins his gospel very differently than Matthew, Mark and Luke began theirs. Matthew and Luke begin theirs with what is considered the traditional Christmas story. Mark doesn’t recall the birth the Christ at all. John does begin his gospel by telling us of Jesus’ origins. He begins his gospel with these words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5 NIV). The word is Jesus who is the light that has come into a dark world and Jesus is the one that darkness cannot overcome. Remember as you began this New Year that Jesus, who was with God at the very creation of the universe, became flesh and dwelt among us in order that we could have an advocate before the Father who knows the weaknesses and the struggles that we go through. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us so that he could better relate to us and so that we could better relate to the Father. Remember Jesus is our way to the Father.