The Birth of a King
We have been walking through the Bible in Chronological order, and today we have turned the page into the New Testament.
Since the start of the year, we have been working through God’s Story revealed to us in pages of the Bible - and we have seen His plan unfolding through the lives of others.
Today we step from AD to BC. We take a 400 year leap from the Prophets and Priests to Jesus and the Apostles.
And as we approach John 1 together this morning, I need to say one thing - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I. God was revealed through The Word.
A. The Word, who is God, was revealed in Jesus Christ
(John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-16, 19)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
1. John 1:1 “In the beginning…” is an echo or return to Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created…”
2. God created by words, by speech, “Let there be…and there was…”
3. The voice is the voice of Jesus who appears in the Old Testament—to Jacob at the brook Jabbok; to Joseph as the Commander of God’s Armies; to Abraham as Melchizedek; as the 4th person in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
4. This Jesus is the one who was made flesh, with teeth and toenails and two kidneys, not part man and part God, but fully human and fully God.
If you want to begin to understand the nature and goodness of God, study the life of Christ. Why? - Because He is the:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
Not only did God reveal Himself, but He revealed himself by dwelling among us...
B. The Word dwelt among us
(John 1:14; Matthew 1:23)
Look with me there in John 1 14
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1. The Word, who was God, was made flesh. John 1:1 and 14.
2. “Word” is from the Greek logos from which we get logic, reason.
3. Heraklitus, a philosopher who lived in Ephesus and who observed that you never step in the same river twice (it’s never the same water), said that logos is omnipotent wisdom that steers everything.
4. Plato offered the possibility that a Word (logos) may one day usher forth from God.
C. The Word, Jesus, was turned away by many
1. The innkeeper was not the only one to turn Jesus away. We can only imagine what went through his head as he rejected Jesus, claiming it was too crowded to have a pregnant woman give birth in his inn.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’
2. The world is always “too crowded” to receive Jesus—crowded with deadlines and headlines, phone lines and long lines, full itineraries, full schedules, jam-packed lives.
Illustration: Yesterday at Dollar General - gentleman who said he wished he could pause time - James 4
The bible is clear, God is revealed to us through Creation, through the person of Jesus, and His plan is for Him to be revealed...
II. God is revealed through you.
A. God calls His own to proclaim who He is
(2 Corinthians 5:12-21)
12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
B. Those who proclaim Him can expect opposition too
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
The Creator of the universe has boldly revealed Himself to us through His created order, through the person of Jesus, and has called you to be bold in proclaiming Him too.
Every kind deed
Every opportunity to forgive
Every time you meet a need
Every child you help in our FellowshipKids program (nursery, Sunday School, Jr. Church, AWANA)
Every selfless act at home or at work
You are revealing God.
You have been given the greatest gift of all - the revelation of God through Christ.
Will you accept it?
Will you share it?