Summary: There are many words we can use to describe Christmas but Christmas isn’t about words but about THE WORD--Jesus Christ!
A Word About Christmas
Introduction: People have all kinds of different ideas about Christmas and as we enter this Christmas Season I’d like to share with you a few ideas about Christmas. But I don’t necessarily want to share with you my ideas about Christmas, but instead to share with you God’s ideas about Christmas. We are going to look at a passage of Scripture that is not usually thought of as a traditional Christmas passage and hear what God’s Word has to say about Christmas.
Text: John 1:1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
Christmas is not ï¿½Aï¿½ wordï¿½Christmas is ï¿½THEï¿½ Word!
Most of us have seen the phrase, ï¿½Jesus is the Reason for the Seasonï¿½ on Christmas Cards, Pins, I even have a coffee cup with that statement on it. That is one of the most powerful messages that can be sent to our world todayï¿½Christmas is all about ï¿½THE WORDï¿½ Jesus Christ, Godï¿½s Son! For many people Christmas is ï¿½Aï¿½ wordï¿½a time for family, celebration, presentsï¿½all wonderful things in themselves, but that is not the key to Christmas. Christmas is ï¿½THEï¿½ Wordï¿½the Son of God coming to earth as a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem. Iï¿½d like to take a few minutes to share with you today about ï¿½THEï¿½ Word of Christmas.
1. The Word Was, Is, and Always Will Be
John introduced his Gospel by pointing his readers to the Son of God revealed as ï¿½The Word.ï¿½ The Greek term John used was logos. For the readers of Johnï¿½s day this term would have had special meaning. For those from a Jewish background the idea of God revealing Himself as ï¿½The Wordï¿½ would have been special because of their great appreciation for the importance of the use of words in communication. The Hebrew language only had 10,000 words. Part of their culture was to use words in such a way to create the greatest emphasis with the least amount of words.
For his Jewish readers Johnï¿½s description of the Son of God as ï¿½The Wordï¿½ would have drawn their attention to the simple yet profound truth that God revealed Himself, communicated to His people all that He was, is, and will be in the person of Jesus Christ. We have a tendency to stereotype Jewish people today as being chatty, or talkative, but in Jewish history a person who could communicate effectively with few words was greatly admired. That is exactly what John didï¿½in two words he pointed them to the greatest truth of allï¿½Jesus Christ, the Son of Godï¿½ï¿½THE WORD!ï¿½
But John was not only writing to a Jewish audience; in fact they may have been a minority. John was also writing to an audience that had been influenced the Greek language. To those the term logos referred to simple communication, but also to a concept of reason that transcends our human understanding.