A Christmas Message from our President Deborah Haarsma
Deborah Haarsma: Merry Christmas, I’m Deb Haarsma, president of BioLogos. Did you ever wonder where the name BioLogos comes from? Francis Collins made the word by combining the Greek word for “life”, Bios and the “word”, Logos.
When John tells the Christmas story, he doesn’t talk about angels and shepherds and wise men. Instead he goes back to the very beginning to Genesis. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John emphasizes Christ as the Creator of the entire cosmos. Through him all things were made. From humpback whales to the tiny green gecko, from ancient redwood trees to even more ancient trilobites that flourished in the Cambrian. All things were created through Christ.
And not just things here on earth but in the whole universe. Consider this cluster, each spot of light is not a star but an entire galaxy of billions of stars. And all those stars are a drop in the buckets compared to the huge cloud of hot gas filling the cluster and the even more massive cloud of dark matter. This entire cluster was created through Christ.
Then John goes on to write that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory.” The Lord of the galaxies chose to reveal his glory by coming as a tiny child. How much more approachable could God get? Jesus was fully God and fully man. He walked this earth and talked with his disciples. John wrote about what they had seen with their eyes and touched with their hands. Christ took on flesh, shared our very DNA, and he moved into the neighborhood and became God with us – Emmanuel.
Join us in celebrating the wonder of the incarnation this season. Merry Christmas from all of us here at BioLogos.