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John 1:1-5 HAVING A RIGHT CHRISTMAS
· In reality, Christmas often turns into a real hassle. You are rushed and pushed for time. You spend money you don’t have for people you don’t even like to acquire things they don’t even want or need.
· In our struggle to get it right, we often get it dead wrong and end up making ourselves and others miserable.
· So, how can we have a right Christmas? What do we need to understand and change in our lives that will allow Christmas to be a time of blessing and wonder instead of being a time of stress and tension?
· This passage reveals some ingredients that are absolutely essential if we are to have a right Christmas.
· Now, I realize that this is not the traditional Christmas text. John does not write about angels, shepherds, stars or sheep. But, He does something the other Gospel writers do not do. John puts the greatest Christmas delivery of all time into context. He tells us all we need to know to have a right Christmas.
(Ill. Christmas filled with many
distractions. Between the Personalities,
and the Practices, it is easy to forget the real reason for this
day. In fact, many of the things we do
and love so are nothing more than ancient pagan rituals and symbols hijacked by
the Christian church. Verse 1 brings us back to the real
essence of Christmas.) *
A. He Is Eternally God – “In the beginning was the Word.” – This phrase does not imply that the Word had a beginning. It means that the Word has always existed. The word “was” is in the “imperfect tense” it signifies “an action of the past that continues into the present.” It could be read this way, “In the beginning was the word, is the Word and always will be the Word.”
The Word is eternal. He always has been and He always will
be. Before there was anything else,
there was the Word. Jesus had His birth
He came across a letter that was addressed to "Santa Claus" and he noticed that the address at the top of the letter was his own address. So, he opened the letter. Looking down at the bottom of the page he saw that it was his only daughter's signature, and he read:
My Mommy died two months ago and since then my Daddy has been crying himself to sleep every night. He says only eternity will heal him. Would you please send a little bit of eternity to my Dad this Christmas?
Well God not only sent us a little bit of eternity, He sent us the very heart of heaven. As John put it later in his epistle, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world,” 1 John 4:14.)
B. He Is Equally God – The word translated “word” in this verse is the Greek word “logos”. It refers to “speech, reasoning, explanation, a word about something.” That is Who Jesus is! He is called the Word because a word is a visible expression of an invisible thought. Jesus is the perfect expression of Who God is!
Jesus is everything God has ever said or
will say. He is everything God is about
in human form.
The word “with” means “face to face, or toward”. This tells us that Jesus was “face to face” with God. In other words, that He is God’s equal.
This reminds us that the God we serve is a triune God. There is one God Who manifests Himself in three Persons. The Word, Jesus, is one of those manifestations.
C. He Is Essentially God – The statement “and the Word was God”, is the clearest statement of the deity of Jesus in the Bible. Not only is the Word co-eternal and co-equal with God; the Word is God! That is why Jesus could say the things He said, John 14:8; John 10:30; John 8:58.
All through his life He proved Who He was over and over. From “Peace be still” to “Rise up and walk” to “Lazarus come forth” to “Thy sins be forgiven thee” to “It is finished” the truth and power of His deity was on constant display. Every word, every deed, every miracle declared Him to be God. He alone is the Person of Christmas!
II. v. 3 CONSIDER THE POWER OF CHRISTMAS
A. He Is The Maker Of Creation – When you consider that this verse tells us that Jesus was the Creator of the universe, His birth as a baby becomes even more amazing. The Creator of creation humbled Himself and became a creature in creation! God became dependent upon a human mother. Jesus, Who was the Agent of Creation, stepped out of eternity, laid aside His glory and entered this world as a human baby! That is the power behind Christmas!
That is why this season is not about trees and tinsel; packages and parties; bows and boxes, or meals and mistletoe. This season is about Him! He is the Maker of creation!
B. He Is The Master Of Creation – Not only did He make this universe, but He is the power that holds it all together, Col. 1:16-17. That is what the word “consist” means. As one man put it, he is “the glue of the galaxies”. He made it and He holds it all together too!
Then we look at the building block of this
universe which is an atom, an entity so small that each atom is less than one
hundred fifty millionth of an inch in diameter.
If you could take the molecules of a single drop of water, convert them
into grains of sand, there would be enough sand to build a concrete highway
half a mile wide and one foot thick all the way from
Combine that with the fact that one cell from your body contains 200 billion molecules of atoms. Whether you look at the universe with a telescope and see how big it is, or you look at this universe with a microscope and see how small it is. When you see the order, the symmetry, the harmony, the beauty of all that is, only a fool would fail to conclude God did it, and that God is in control.)
What does it all mean? It means that God is in control this Christmas! It may look like the world is spinning out of control, but it isn’t. It is all in the hands of He Who made it and all things are working toward the purpose who which He designed them!
The One Who made it all and controls it all was born into this world 2,000 years ago as a helpless infant. He lived here in poverty and rejection only to die a horrible death on a cross. He did all of this because He loved you, Rom. 5:8.
So, what is the power of Christmas? Is it a fat man in a red suit taking toys to all the good little children? Is it a red-nosed reindeer or a magical snowman? It is elves, presents, huge meals and family get togethers? No! The power of Christmas is God in a manger! That is the power of Christmas! That is the reason we celebrate this day. That is the essence of this whole season!
III. v. 4-5 CONSIDER THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS
A. He Came To Bring Life Into Deadness – When Jesus came into this world, He entered a world filled with dead men. But, these dead men don’t know that they are dead.
1. Jesus is the Strength of Earthly Life –
We are alive today only by His good grace,
2. Jesus is the Secret of Effective Life – It has been said that “three things make life worth living: a self fit to live with; a faith fit to live by; and a purpose fit to live for.” Only Jesus Christ can give you all three, John 10:10! He gives live and He gives it abundantly! The word “abundantly” means “superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon”. That is the kind of life He came to give! He gives life purpose!
3. Jesus is the Source of Eternal Life – Those who know Jesus by faith will live eternally, John 11:25-26; John 3:16. He makes life permanent!
Ill. Real living is more than walking, talking, eating, breathing, loving, etc. Real life, abundant life, joyful life is found in knowing God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, 1 John 5:12.)
B. He Came To Bring Light Into Darkness – Now a person who does not know Jesus is more than just spiritually dead. He is also spiritually darkened! Jesus came to change all that! He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12. Jesus came to deliver the lost from their darkness and to bring them into His glorious light:
· “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Eph. 5:8
· “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:18
· “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” Col. 1:13
Jesus came into this world to bring light into our spiritual darkness! Just as He stood in the darkness of creation and said, “Let there be light”; there was a day when He stood in the cold darkness of my heart and brought light to my soul. Listen to how Paul said it in 2 Cor. 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
What is sad is that the world stumbles blindly in the dark seeking light in all the wrong places.
That is just what the lost world does with the light. They reject it when it comes their way, John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” The word “comprehended” in verse 5 means “to lay hold on; to claim for oneself.”
And, they do worse than that! The lost world is actively trying to quench the light to prevent it from shining anywhere. But, I have news for them! The Light that has shone brightly from eternity past; the Light that gleamed in Bethlehem’s manger; the Light that shone for 33 years while Jesus walked this earth; the Light that flickered briefly at Calvary, but blazed forth at the entrance to an empty tomb will continue to light the pathway toward eternity for all those who desire to follow Him!
Conc: Are you going to have a right Christmas? You can, but only if Jesus is at the center of everything you do! Here is how you can guarantee yourself a right Christmas this year:
1. Be sure that you are saved; that you know Him; that you have passed from death unto life.
2. Be sure this day is about Him and not about anything else.
3. Be sure to give Him the glory He is due today and everyday.
Has He spoken to your heart today? If so, this altar is open for anything from salvation to supplication to surrender to thanksgiving.