Summary: The great truth of the incarnation is that God became one of us.
God With Us
John 1:1-14 (NIV)
During this time each year children begin dreaming of the gifts they’ll find under the tree on Christmas morning, while their parents are running from store to store fighting the crowds and spending money on things they hope will bring happiness to those they love.
But Christmas is more than a personal event. It’s more than a cultural event. As the popular slogan puts it, "Jesus is the real reason for the season"
Christmas is all about the glorious coming of the Christ, the Messiah, our salvation.
This first coming of Christ we call he "incarnation". In Webster’s dictionary "incarnation is define as, "The union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ". In other words God became man.
So while many of us have our own personal memories of Christmas, it is extremely important that we take time to remember the person who gives Christmas it’s real meaning.
Today our text is from John 1:1-14 where it speaks about the coming of Jesus. In these verses are truths that can help us not only to get a clearer picture of who Christ is but also who we can be in Him.
Please turn in your Bibles and stand as we give honor to the reading of God’s word.
In the first three verses we have a picture of the pre-incarnate Christ and His supremacy as God over us.
He is called "the Word". This is the perfect revelation of who God is. It says "the Word, meaning Christ, was with God and the Word was God".
So what is he saying here? He is saying that Christ and God are one. That little baby Jesus that we sing so much about is God becoming man.
Now that is an awesome thought. He was no mere mortal, but the all powerful God who existed in all eternity and who was the creator of all things.
“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have supremacy.”
The bottom line is that He is Lord. He is the God before whom we bow the knee. He is the God to whom our worship is due.
Read Vs 4-9
Here we see how God is "for us".
When we have to stand before a Judge in a court of law we usually take someone with us called an attorney. His job is to present our side of the case, to speak for us. He is our mediator before the court.
Now, because Christ loved us He came into this world to become our mediator, to speak for us. Don’t let yourselves be fooled by Satan because one day we will all stand before the judgment throne of God to answer for our sins. And no matter how great or small those sins, God will pronounce you guilty! But if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then Jesus will approach the bench, as your mediator, your attorney if you will, and say to God, “I have paid his debt, my blood has washed away his guilt.”
Isn’t that an exciting thought? Listen to what John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
What a powerful message. And you know, the birth of Jesus Christ testifies to that love of God. He loved us enough to come to this earth and become a man; then die for us on a cruel cross that we might be set free!
Now I’d like to skip ahead a little bit to Vs 14
In this verse John reveals Jesus as the "word" made flesh. Here we have another truth of the incarnation, that God became one of us.
Let’s listen to Matthew’s account in chapter 1:21-23:
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ --which means, God with us.”