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Summary: The ultimate grace of God came to us at the first Christmas through Jesus Christ!

Christmas Grace Part 1

John 1:1-5 (quickview) 

December 2001

Introduction

The land of Persia was once ruled by a wise and beloved Shah who cared greatly for his people and desired only what was best for them. One day he disguised himself as a poor man and went to visit the public baths. The water for the baths was heated by a furnace in the cellar, so the Shah made his way to the dark place to sit with the man who tended the fire. The two men shared the coarse food, and the Shah befriended him in his loneliness. Day after day the ruler went to visit the man. The worker became attached to this stranger because he "came where he was". One day the Shah revealed his true identity, and he expected the man to ask him for a gift. Instead, he looked long into his leader’s face and with love and wonder in his voice said, "You left your palace and your glory to sit with me in this dark place, to eat my coarse food, and to care about what happens to me. On others you may bestow rich gifts, but to me you have given yourself!"

As we think of what our Lord has done for us, we can echo that fire tender’s sentiments. Oh, what a step our Lord took -- from heaven to earth, from the worship of angels to the mocking of cruel men, from glory to humiliation!

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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 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Body

I. The Word is eternal

In the beginning was the Word

A. The Greek concept

1. The Greek word Logos is translated here the Word

2. This literally means knowledge, a way of knowing or reason for existence.

B. The Hebrew concept

1. The phrase “in the beginning” refers us back to Genesis 1:1 (quickview) .

2. This is a specific reference to the beginning of time itself John is telling us that the Word existed before creation.

3. Thus the Word is eternal in nature and scope

C. The Divine nature

And the Word was God

1. The Word was God.

2. This refers to the God of the patriarchs, Moses and the prophets

3. He who never began to be, but eternally existed, and who continued to be what he eternally was, began to be what he eternally was not."

II. The Word is personal

and the Word was with God 2 He was with God in the beginning.

A. This Word was with God

1. This identifies an intimate personal relationship

2. The Word was part of the company of God

B. The Word is a person

1. John uses the personal pronoun “he”

2. This means that the Word is not some abstract concept of force. The Word is a person

3. This conveys that there is indeed a person who has an eternal relationship with God

III. The Word is creative

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

A. The Word is the source of creation

1. This signifies that fact that the Word was indeed totally creative

2. The Word was active in the process of Creation


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