It is a bit strange that baby Jesus is the first figure in our illustrated gospel of John. Strange because John doesn’t actually describe the birth or the infancy of Jesus. Those stories, of Mary and Joseph, of the birth and the manger, of the Shepherds and the Angels and the Magi, appear only in Matthew and Luke. John, by contrast, opens with the story of Creation, with a retelling of Genesis 1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…all things were made through him" (John 1:1-3).