Summary: This is a Christmas sermon. Perhaps you have a little gift made by your child to substitute for the gift my son made for me.
"JEREMY"S SURPRISING GIFT!"
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2He was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
This is the season for gift giving.
Although, some seem to think it is the season for gift getting.
I suppose that's because we are taught to think that way.
Little children are asked, "What's Santa going to bring you?"
They write letters to Santa telling him what they want.
But as get older, we start to think in terms of GIVING.
We make out a Christmas shopping list.
Then we go shopping...
hoping to find something for everyone on the list.
When we give gifts
we usually try to find something that is: appropriate.
Will be appreciated.
The person needs.
The person will keep.
We hope that our gifts will be enjoyed and valued.
That was God's desire and aim in giving Jesus Christ.
That was also the desire of a little boy I want to tell you about.
His name is J.D.
He really wanted to give his Daddy a special present.
One day at school, little 6 year old J.D.
was told that everyone in the class would be making something
to take home.
Each student was given an old Campbell's Soup tin can.
The teacher also gave the students some brown shelving paper...
and a few strands of rickrack.
This true story provides an illustration of our Scripture text.
The Gospel of John records the giving of God's gift of Jesus Christ.
Let's look to the text to see how God's greatest gift, Jesus Christ,
was, and often is, received.
POINT #1. PEOPLE MISUNDERSTOOD GOD'S GIFT.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
They didn't know Him!
Oh, they had an idea of who He was.
They knew His name was Jesus.
They knew his family.
They knew He was the son of the carpenter Joseph.
But the Greek word for "know" in this verse means:
" to understand."
The Jews didn't understand this One Who walked among them...
and did miracles.
They accused Him of being crazy, demonic and a blasphemer.
Even today, there are many misunderstandings about Jesus Christ
Some think He was merely a myth,
a creation of somebody's imagination
like Paul Bunyan or Superman.
Some think He was merely a prophet.
Some think He was just a good man.
Some think He was a super star
who lusted after all the women in His group.
Some think He was a religious zealot
who got Himself killed when things got out of hand.
But John makes it abundantly clear!
He is much more than any of those!
He is the Divine Creator!
He put on flesh as a human baby and came to earth.
He was God's indescribable gift!
And for the most part, people misunderstood.
Just as people misunderstood God's gift,
most people would not understand
the value of little J.D.s gift to his Daddy.
It was just an old empty tin soup can.
Most people through things like that in the trash.
It was just brown shelving paper.
You can get a whole roll of it for less than $5.00.
The ric- rac didn't match the color of the shelving paper.
Rickrack sells for less than a $1.00 at Wal-Mart.
The negative reaction most people would have to little J.D.s gift
reminds me a lot of how the Jews reacted to Jesus.
POINT #2. PEOPLE REACTED NEGATIVELY
TO GOD'S GIFT.
11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.