Summary: Many people know or knew God in a partial sense, but through Jesus Christ we can know him deeply.
The Amazing Jesus Christ
1. Most people know that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, but they really do not understand as much as we think they do.
In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The 3 wise men were wearing firemen's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.
At a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You Yankees never do read the Bible!" I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said
"See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'" [source: www.humormatters.com]
2. We all need to know the details of the Christmas story AND the theology behind it.
3. Jesus did not come as a great social reformer, but he came to make us right with God.
Main Idea: Many people know or knew God in a partial sense, but through Jesus Christ we can know him deeply.
I. The Word BECAME Flesh (14)
A. Review: the Word was with God and was GOD (1)
B. The Word BECAME flesh
1. The DIVINE nature of Jesus had no beginning
2. The HUMAN nature of Jesus DID have a beginning
• Illustration: You can lose or gain weight, have plastic surgery, whiten your teeth, dye your hair, build your muscles and learn to walk with better balance, but you are still you. The idea of the infinite God becoming a man, however, is much more than mere cosmetics. The created human nature of Jesus was melded to the uncreated divine nature of the Son of God to form one Person with two wills, wills that always co-operated.
• God joined himself to the human race.
• Odes of Solomon, 7:4-6, "He became like me, that I might receive Him. In form He was considered like me, that I might put Him on…"
• And I trembled not when I saw Him, because He was gracious to me.
• Like my nature He became, that I might understand Him. And like my form, that I might not turn away from Him.
• These concepts are not novel to John but based upon passages in Isaiah:
Isaiah 44:6, “This is what the LORD says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God."
Isaiah 45:22-23, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Isaiah 59:16, "He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him." [this is also the background to Revelation 5:2-5]