Summary: A Communion message, suitable for Christmas, focusing on what John remembers about Jesus.
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We are about to celebrate a memorial meal. A meal given to us by Jesus Christ Himself, that He says is to be used to remember Him by. But, what is it specifically that we are to remember about Jesus? What are we to think about and remember as we share this meal together?
Let’s ask John, the “Beloved Disciple” what things stand out in his mind as he thinks about Jesus. What are the things he thinks are especially important to remember?
I. JESUS IS ETERNAL – vv 1-2
Some people think of Jesus as having arrived on the scene in Bethlehem. My friends, I want you to understand that Jesus didn’t start in Bethlehem. He didn’t begin in Mary’s womb. Jesus has always been. John tells us that He was in the beginning with the Father.
Parents. Grandparents, as we celebrate this Christmas season together, as we sing carols and talk about the Baby Jesus, explain to your children and grandchildren that although Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem, that He had been around for a long time.
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Nothing has happened that He is unaware of and there is nothing that can or will come your way that He is unaware of. He is eternal.
- OK John, Jesus is eternal. What else shall we remember as we share this meal?
II. JESUS IS GOD – v1
When you ask people what they think about Jesus or ask them Who He is, they will say many things. The muslims will tell you He was a prophet. Others will tell you He was a good man, or a good example, or a Jewish miracle-worker.
The Mormons will tell you He is an older-brother and that we can become like him.
Jehovah’s False Witnesses will tell you that He is a god.
Listen, the Bible tells us that Jesus is not “a” god, but that He is God.
He’s not one of many, but one of a kind.
Because you can talk about Jesus as a baby in a manger, and you can talk about Him as a good example, and you can run around with WWJD bracelets on your wrists, cross earrings dangling you’re your ears, and crosses tattooed on your bellybutton, without people getting too upset; but when you start talking about Jesus being God and people needing to know Him, folks will get upset.
The writer of Hebrews describes Him