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“God Is Here”

John 1:1-14

Luke 2:1-20

Isaiah 9:2-7

By: Rev. Kenneth Emerson Sauer,

Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in

the beginning.

Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life,

and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

This passage from John is one of the summits of all Scripture...

...in fact the importance of these truths lie at the very foundation of life!

Jesus Christ is the Word of God Who is eternal--He has always existed, Jesus Christ is the Creator of all

things, and Jesus Christ is the very essence of Life itself...

...and without Him, humankind will remain lost in the darkness forever!

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One

and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Word of God, the Creator of Life, the Very Being and Essence of Life.....God’s Son, the Lord Jesus

Christ became flesh and blood; He became one of us.

No greater message could ever be proclaimed!!!

And look how it happened!!!

About the time Mary was due to have her Son, she and Joseph had to travel eighty miles to Bethlehem for

a census.

This was for military and tax purposes.

The records from this census are still in existence.

Bethlehem was crowded and they had to stay where the poor people who didn’t have relatives often had to

stay...in an animal stable.

There were little stalls where Mary and Joseph stayed...these accomodations were crude at best!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.”

These shepherds were often despised by the wealthy, the rulers of the day.

They were, no doubt, simple men of the outdoors.

And yet these lowly shepherds were the ones to hear the good news first!

And when they heard the good news, they went into Bethlehem and were the first to worship the Christ!

Interesting how God works....

...throughout His ministry Jesus made it clear that the humble---those who knew they were sinners...

...the lowly...

...the outcastes...

...the homeless...

...the tax collectors...

...the prostitutes

were entering the kingdom of God first!

How often do we thumb our noses at people such as these?

He said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich person....

....a person who loves their riches more than Christ to enter the kingdom of God.

He said that whoever loves their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for His sake will gain it.

The prophet Isaiah proclaimed: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in

the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

We do live in the land of the shadow of death. Darkness surrounds us.

As we sit here this evening, our nation stands on the brink of war....

....as we gather around our Christmas trees, others huddle shivering in the darkness without a home....


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