This post is taken from a story recently shared by Wycliffe UK.
This Christmas we will hear again that familiar declaration from John: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory…” (John 1:14). When John wrote that, he wrote of Jesus, a Jewish man he had met, touched, heard and known. Because we have the Scriptures in our language, we can also know Jesus intimately and glimpse His glory.
But millions still haven’t….
Everyone listened intently as the national translator read from the Mwaghavul New Testament. But these people in north central Nigeria were certain that they had never heard the story before. “Where did this come from?” they asked, when the reading was finished. The translator smiled.
“You’ve heard this story every Christmas,” he answered, “but always in Hausa” (the trade language of that area of Nigeria).
Indeed, this was the first time the Mwaghavul worshippers had heard the story of Jesus’ birth in their own language. And on this Christmas day, it was also the first time they truly heard its message.
May you hear the story of Christ’s birth anew this Christmas, and may you celebrate with joy and thanksgiving that the Word became flesh!