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Summary: Jesus came for us.

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John 1:14-18

S: Incarnation

Th: Christmas: It’s About Jesus

Pr: JESUS CAME FOR US.

?: How do we know?

KW: Steps

TS: In John 1:14-18, we will find five steps that lead us to discovering how God reveals Himself.

The ____ step that leads us to discovering how God reveals Himself is…

Inductive

I. INVISIBILITY (18)

II. MORALITY (17)

III. HUMANITY (14)

IV. REALITY (14)

V. GENEROSITY (16)

RMBC 12/24/00 AM

INTRODUCTION:

When Christmas rolls around, have you ever felt things weren’t quite right?

I recently came across some new Christmas carol titles for the psychologically challenged (which is probably all of us).

ILL Notebook: Christmas (psychologically challenges)

SCHIZOPHRENIA:

Do You Hear What I Hear?

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER:

We Three Queens Disoriented Are

GRANDIOSE:

Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

MANIC:

Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants

PARANOID:

Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER:

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock...

TRANSITION:

Well, if I didn’t spoil Christmas for you with that, let me ask you another question…

1. Is Christmas your favorite holiday?

It is mine.

How can it not be?

The time is special with the opportunity to be with family and friends.

There is a fresh newness that comes with gift-giving and the receiving of gifts.

And, in so many ways, it is a time for miracles.

Listen to this miracle:

ILL Notebook: Christmas (miracle)

After giving birth to her fourth child, Patti White Bull, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, lapsed into a coma for 16 years. But on Christmas day of the 16th year, she awoke and resumed normal day-to-day activities: able to dress herself, walk without support, and talk in complete sentences. Unlike most coma patients, who awake gradually, White Bull spontaneously, and many doctors say miraculously, became fully conscious and showed no signs of mental or physical handicap.

While experts are still at a loss to explain White Bull’s sudden healing, her family and friends vow that it was a Christmas miracle.

That is some miracle, but there is an even greater one.

For…

2. There is a sense of wonder that comes with the Christmas story.

When you think about it, it is a fascinating story, isn’t it?

It is filled with the mystery of angels and human impossibilities.

It contains the scandal of an unmarried pregnant fiancée and her future husband taking responsibility for her though he knows he is not the father of the child.

It involves an announcement of the Messiah being born to those that were on the lowest social stratum.

It is a wonderful, miraculous story.

And do you know why it has happened the way it has?

It is because…

3. God wants us to know Him.

A few weeks ago, we began a study of the first chapter of the gospel of John.


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