Summary: Do we really understand the 'Who' of Christmas? Who exactly is this Christ child?
This is our second Sunday of the series, “Jesus is the reason for the season” and our 4 Christmas questions. If you remember last week’s message we answered the first question; “WHERE did the idea of Christmas originate?” That answer took us on a journey back before creation itself, back to the very mind of the Triune God. There we considered the ‘Covenant of Redemption’ between God the Father and God the Son and how Christmas was a link in history and part of God’s eternal plan and purpose. We saw how wonderfully BLESSED believers are; How we are IMPORTANT in God’s plan; and how we can have absolute CONFIDENCE in God’s promises. Last week we focused on WHERE and what they did in that covenant.
Today, we’ll move onto the 2nd question and focus on the WHO? Who was the chief character within the Covenant and the central character of Christmas. Again, this week, this topic will take us into some profound truths of Scripture but, in the end, we will better appreciate why, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season.”
But we do NOT start with JESUS. Rather we start with John 1:1-2, which reads;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
Here is the clearest and most powerful declaration of the Deity and pre-existence of Christ in Scripture. In the Greek the last words of v.1 actually read, “And God was the Word.” A.W. Pink notes;
“This wonderful verse contains three things. It tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ, here called the Word, is eternal-that he is a distinct person from God the Father, and yet most intimately united to Him- and that He is God.”
The Word or LOGOS is Christ. Theologically, at this point, it is incorrect to speak of JESUS, for that name is attached to His human birth as the God-Man. In the beginning he is referred to as the WORD. In the beginning WAS THE WORD. He did not become the Word, he existed as the Second person of the Trinity, as the Son from all eternity, what theologians call, “eternal generation.” In other words, God the Son existed before His incarnation and being named Jesus. He DOES NOT BECOME THE SON OF GOD at the birth. If we look at Col.1: speaking of Christ we read;
“He is the image of the invisible God...he is before all things...for God was pleased to have his fullness dwell in him...”
And Heb.1:3 confirms this;
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being...”
This tells us that NOT ONLY was the Word in the beginning, but that the Word is God. In Isa. 48:11 the LORD declares;
“I will not yield my glory to another.”
For He alone is God. Yet in John’s gospel, ch.5:23, Jesus makes a statement that either proves His divinity or would be blasphemous. Jesus said;
“that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.”