And The Word Became Flesh
Pastor Lonnie continues a Christmas story-themed message, but this time using the book of John to pull out the Christmas story. Jesus, the Word, who was made flesh and dwelt among us. This describes how the birth of Jesus impacted the world. When Jesus entered the world it was all part of God’s ultimate plan to save the world. When God saves he saves to the utmost.
John 1:1,14 (NKJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…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.
When the word became flesh it was the son of God becoming the son of man. He was fully the son of man and fully God. Even though Jesus was made manifest in the flesh, He still bore the image of His heavenly Father. God the creator came down and became part of His creation. This is incredible love. Jesus was born to die, to take our place, and our punishment, that we deserved. This is such incredible love.
The Love of God Made Manifest
1 John 4:9-11 “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
Jesus is the atonement, or the propitiation (or the covering) for our sins. Therefore, when God looks at His children, He doesn’t see our mistakes, or failures, or shortcomings, but rather He sees perfection, and children that are well-pleasing to Him. Jesus not only took care of the sins of those who would come after Him, but also the human race that came before Jesus. He took care of all sins for all time. His atonement is still working today, generation to generation. To receive this priceless payment, believe in your hear and confess with your mouth and you will be saved. John 3 says it best the reason why Jesus was born:
John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
It’s important to note in this verse that we will not perish. In other words, we will not die. What does death really mean, because we are all facing mortality in our physical bodies? Eternal death is being separated from God. On the contrary, those who are with God, and know God, experience eternal life. So, when your spirit leaves your mortal body you will not experience death if you have put your trust in God but rather you’ll experience eternal life.
The Birth of Jesus Restored Us
Here’s what happened because of the birth of a small child:
Luke 2:11 (NKJV) For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
This restored man back to his rightful place so that he can once again come into the presence of the almighty God, and have relationship with Him again. We are loved beyond our own comprehension. God has satisfied all His needs according to the human race. Do not hesitate to come and receive all that He has done for you, by giving us the greatest gift of all time. Watch the full sermon here. The sermon begins around 11 minutes, with the first of the service recognizing those individuals that have graduated from Grace House.