2009-12-25 - The Christmas
This is not the traditional Christmas story as told by Matthew or Luke but
it is perhaps my favorite telling of it so I hope you will enjoy it nonetheless.
John 1:1-14 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing
was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was
the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man
sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a
witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of
that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to
every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world,
and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became
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.
Four simple words there say it all: "the Word became
flesh". God came to earth to be Light and Life. He came full of grace
and truth. As Christians we are to be mini-Christs or Christ-like. Will you
commit to dwell among men as light and life? Will you be full of grace and
Note: this begins another series based on a message preached almost
eight years ago (12/31/2001).
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted