Summary: Christmas reveals a seeking God, who endeavour to speak to us, and a sacrificial God, who is willing to sacrifice for our good.
1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
At Christmas day, God spoke through His Son. He wanted to make contact with man, and the ultimate way of communicating with man happened at Christmas – He came Himself, through Jesus Christ. These short 4 verses described what happened at Christmas.
It reveals two aspects of God that we are going to ponder and appreciate today – we have a seeking God and a sacrificial God.
(1) WE HAVE A SEEKING GOD – Respond to His Call
1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets…
God has been making the move. He has been the One initiating contact with man, through prophets. No wonder the Bible says in 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
God wants us to know Him. He is not a silent God.
• He did not create this world and went into hiding, but that was not His intention, and that has never been His intention.
• Understand this fact – God wants to talk to you today. That’s why our time of communion with Him is so important. Our quiet time is crucial.
Look - He spoke through prophets AT MANY TIMES AND IN VARIOUS WAYS.
• He did it again and again, through many different means.
• We read that in the OT – God spoke to Abraham through angels, to Moses through a burning bush, to Balaam through a donkey, to Joseph in a dream, to Samuel in an audible voice, to Daniel in visions, to Joseph in dreams.
You see that – God has not changed. He is still that SEEKING God and SPEAKING God.
Right at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, He showed us He is that SEEKING God.
• Adam and Eve were the ones hiding from Him (Gen 3:8-10)
• 9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
And He has been calling out to man down through the Centuries.
Today, He is still that SEEKING and SPEAKING God.
No wonder John introduced Him as the WORD - John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…”
• That’s the medium of communication – the WORD! That’s how we know His will and truth.
No wonder Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
• We have a God who is keen to speak to us today.
• If you go through an entire week without hearing Him, something is amiss!
• We need to tune our ears and heart to Him. Pray and expect Him to guide you.
He is not a passive God, resting on His throne.
• He is an ACTIVE God, seeking and speaking to you today.
• Through the written WORD, spoken WORD (sermons), testimonies, prayers…
• Can we afford to do our own things and neglect Him?
• What is God saying to us today? What is God saying to you today?
WHY WAS HE SO ANXIOUS TO COME?
A disease struck a certain section of Africa. This sickness is caused by the bits of the tsetse fly, which lives in the dense forest. Many natives succumbed to it and some died.
The Belgian government sent in a remedy for the sickness. Missionary doctors were sent to the villages to give this injection needed.
At the approach, however, many of the natives found it hard to trust the whites and were afraid of the needle. The sure cure had been provided but they went hiding from their rescuers.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Finally, Jesus came.
2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.
No longer through letters, through phone calls, but He flew in and came into your world.
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.