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Advent is about New Birth-HIS & Ours

Rt. Rev. Dr. Vince McLaughlin



This is the Fourth Sunday in Advent or the Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Eve.

In the liturgical calendar of the Church for Christmastide, the Gospel Reading is taken from John

1:1-14. It would seem more logical to have the Gospel reading taken from either St. Matthew or

St. Luke highlighting the Nativity narrative. Instead, the Early Church sought to explain the

reason or purpose for The Advent of The Christ (Aramaic – Mashiyach).


It is interesting here in John 1:1-14 that there is no mention of the purpose of The Advent

associated with the forgiveness of sins or saving from eternal damnation. Most Bible scholars

believe that the Gospel of John was the last eyewitness testimony of St. John written before his

death thus was probably the last New Testament Book written completing the New Testament

Canon.


If this is the case, St. John knew that the Nativity scenario had been adequately addressed by St.

Matthew (a fellow disciple of Yeshua) and St. Luke (the scholar physician). St. John’s purpose

was clear in his writing his Gospel. What is the underlying purpose of The Advent? Is it to

provide the means of ‘fire insurance’ or something much more eternally significant?


This morning we want to look at carefully in a scholarly exegetical and expository manner John

1:1-14 because it holds the key to the thoughts of Elohim on the real “Why” of The Advent of

Mashiyach, the Miltah bar Elaha Hai (Messiah, the Word Son of the Living God).

The Early Christian Church (Aramaic or Messianic believers) was more concerned with

understanding the mind of God on the eternal ‘why’ of The Advent because it did not correlate

well with their previous messianic expectations. Judeans and Samaritans were expecting a

political messiah who would end the oppression by the Gentiles (Rome) and not a spiritual

messiah so to speak.


In our passage, we will see the primary purpose of the Advent is about New Birth – His & ours!

Now the passage below is from the Aramaic New Testament and we seek to briefly exegete this

passage and make some expositional and commentary observations prayerfully to enlighten,

illuminate, and bless yer socks off!


1. In the beginning was the Miltha.

2 And that Miltha was with Elohim. And Elohim was that Miltha. 2. This was with Elohim in the beginning.

3. Everything existed through his hands, and without him, not even one thing existed of the things which have existed.

4. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5. And that light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.

6. There was a man who was sent from Elohim whose name was Yochanan.

7. This man came for a witness that he might testify concerning the light that all might believe

through his hand.

8. He was not the light; rather that he might bear witness concerning the light.

9. For the light was of truth, that which shines on all who come into the world.

10. He was in the world, and the world existed by his hand and the world did not know him.

11. He came to his own, and his own did not receive Him.

12. But those who did receive him he gave to them authority that they might be the sons of Elohim, those who have believed in his name.

13.Those who neither by blood nor by the will of the flesh nor by the will of a man, rather were

begotten by Elohim.

14. And the Miltha became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw his glory, the glory as the Only-Begotten who is from the Father who is full of grace and truth.

(Aramaic New Testament – John 1:1-14)


Now in vv1-5, St. Yochanan explains the eternal deity of Y’shua (Jesus) in meticulous detail.

These verses are crucial to understanding the Christological doctrine that will keep us from

heresy and error. We must know with certainty who was sent in The Advent because it is

through HIM that the eternal purposes of God will be revealed and fulfilled.


Please note that fulfilling Messianic prophecy is Mashiyach (ruler of Israel) to have origins of

the ancient past Micah 5:2; Isaiah 48:16. We must bear in mind that Micah is referring to the

spiritual “Israel of Elohim,” those of the Kingdom of Heaven according to the circumcision of

heart.


1. In the beginning was the Miltha (There is no direct English equivalent. It can mean

“Word”, “Manifestation”, “Instance” or “Substance”). In this context, it may best be

left untranslated.

2. And that Miltha was with Elohim. And Elohim was the Miltha. 2. The Miltha was with

Elohim in the beginning.

3. Everything existed through his hands, and without him, not even one thing existed of the

things which have existed. (The literal Aramaic reading is “through His hands” which

clearly indicates that The Miltha as a creative force, like a sculptor working under the

orders of a king.)


While Abba YHWH is in sole command of the creation process, the “His Hands” refers to

the Miltha (Word) from His mouth and that Miltha (Word) will become flesh as His Son.

Since this is a form of Y’shua the “him” is in small letters. The same is done for

Yochanan 1:10-12. Although in another sense it is also accurate to say that Yeshua is

YHWH (Luke 2:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:3).


4. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5. And that light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.


There is an Aramaic wordplay here in this verse. Nohra b’chashokha menhar (light in

the darkness that shines) is a deliberate mirror-reversal of menharnohra (menorah),

which marks the conception of the light of the world at Hanukkah. This puts the birth of

Mashiyach nine months from Hanukkah, during the fall feasts; many point to the first day

of Feast of Tabernacles for the date of Yeshua’s birth according to the Early Aramaic

Christian Church.


In vv6-8, St. John exegetes the eternal purposes and mission (Mal. 3:1, Isa. 40:3, and Mark 1:1-

8) of John the Baptist, the testifier to the Light.


6. There was a man who was sent from Elohim whose name was Yochanan.

7. This man came for a witness that he might testify concerning the light that all might

believe through his hand.

8. He was not the light; rather that he might bear witness concerning the light.


In vv9-14, speaks of The Miltha as the divine light of truth that gives light to everyone. He, The

Miltha, was now coming into the world. The world came into existence by His hand but the

world did not know Him. In fact, He came to His own (Nation of Israel) and they did not receive

Him in belief and trust.


9. For the light was of truth, that which shines on all who come into the world.

10. He was in the world, and the world existed by his hand and the world did not know him.

11. He came to his own, and his own did not receive Him.

This would be the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy: “his own did not receive him”

Psalm 69:9; Isaiah 53:3; Daniel 9:24-26.


In vv12-14, speaks of the purpose and reason for The Advent. The Advent is a time of ‘firsts.’

It is the first time that God took upon Himself human flesh permanently. In the Old Testament,

we had multiple theophanies but these manifestations were not permanent but temporary. A

theophany is a manifestation of God in the Bible that is tangible to the human senses. In its most

restrictive sense, it is a visible appearance of God in the Old Testament period, often, but not

always, in human form.


At The Advent, God became flesh. The glorified Deity became human (Phil. 2:5-11) and

glorified His humanity upon His resurrection, ascension, and enthronement. The ‘first’ now

becomes a proto-type for a new creation.


Let me make a couple observations about this divine life that becomes a reality within the human

realm at The Advent. Yeshua said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the

Father but through Me (John 14:6).” Yeshua is the Divine Life. This is the eternal reality!

Now, Yeshua says, “I have come that you might have the (Divine) life and have it in abundance

(John 10:10).” Is it not interesting that all of these passages of the divine life in Yeshua are

found in the Gospel of John? Interesting! Okay, one of the purposes of The Advent was to give

us the divine life in Yeshua and have it in abundance.


How do you get life? Through birth?


In vv12-13, Yochanan tells us that to those who receive Yeshua will be the sons of Elohim as a

result of their belief. In John 3:3, and 6-8 it speaks of a reality that we first must be ‘birthed

from above’ because that which is born of the flesh is flesh but that which is born of the Spirit is

spirit.


This ‘birth from above’ is neither by blood nor by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man but

rather by being ‘birthed from above’ is by Elohim (God). St. Paul says as a result of this new

birth we are a new creation or creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) and the old has passed away.

To the Eastern mind, The Advent is not so much on what it prevented but more on what it

provided or presented. It is not so much prevention of eternal damnation but more on the means

of providing the divine life of God to His creation. This divine life would allow relational

intimacy that previously had not been known before The Advent. Prior to The Advent, there was

not a human reality of being a ‘partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Adam and Eve were

created in the image and likeness of God but were not partakers of the divine nature.


The Advent is a ‘first’ for God and provides the template for a ‘first’ for us astweel. In the First

Advent, Yeshua was birthed in human form. Quick note - Yeshua is the only human who ever

chose to be born. The reason He came was that The Advent would provide for us an opportunity

for a ‘first,’ that is, to be birthed from above for us. As a result of The Advent, we can be birthed

by the Spirit – a first. It is a requirement to both enter or see the Kingdom of God!


12. But those who did receive him he gave to them authority that they might be the sons of

Elohim, those who have believed in his name.

13. Those who neither by blood nor by the will of the flesh nor by the will of a man, rather

were begotten by Elohim.


In v14, Yochanan testifies as an eyewitness that The Miltha became flesh (human) and dwelt

within humanity. He was an eyewitness as others of His Glory as the Only-Begotten who is

from Abba Av, who is full of grace and truth.


14. And the Miltha became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw his glory, the glory as the

Only-Begotten who is from the Father who is full of grace and truth.


The Miltha refers to the “Manifestation” of the Ruach haKodesh (The Holy Spirit) within

Mashiyach. The physical body of Mashiyach is not the Word of YHWH, but His words

and actions demonstrate the Will and Word of YHWH.


The term “Only-Begotten” in Aramaic is Ekhadaya. It is a beautiful term used among

Eastern theologians and poets; it literally means “THE ONE”


So what are we to make of this incredible eternal truth and reality about The Advent? C.S.

Lewis noted this about the ‘The Advent.’ Yeshua first must become like us in order that we

might become like Him. That is the purpose of The Advent. God’s eternal purposes have been

to replicate Himself in us via the associated dynamics of The Advent. If it was not for The

Advent, there would not have been the teachings & miracles of Yeshua, the crucifixion &

death/burial of Yeshua, the resurrection & ascension of Yeshua, and the enthronement of Yeshua

& the giving of the Holy Spirit. Without The Advent, we would not have the opportunity to be

“birthed from above” and made partakers of the divine nature.


The Advent is so much more than providing the means of ‘fire insurance’ or saving us from our

sins. It provides the means of becoming like Him through the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor.

3:16-18). The Advent is about ‘new birth’ – the birth of God into human form and the birth of us

in order to be transformed into image and likeness of Yeshua.



In conclusion, so why did Yeshua come to earth as God in human form? Was it to give us the

ultimate teachings ever? No. Though they were the greatest teachings ever given, He came here

for more than that. Did Yeshua come to set the perfect example of how a man or woman should

live? He came to do that and much more. Did Yeshua walk this earth merely to do miracles and

heal people? While He always reached out to people in need, that was not His primary purpose.

C. S. Lewis said it well: "The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God."

God became a man so that you might become God's child. Now that is something worth

celebrating the real purpose for The Advent!

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