Summary: This sermon expains why the three most important words of Christmas are incarnation, revelation, and celebration.
The Three Most Important Words of Christmas
December 22, 2002
The pastor of a small town church sent one of his men to the big city to order a Christmas sign to be hung outside on the door of the church.
The man lost the note, which the pastor gave him that gave the dimensions of the sign and the inscription that was to be printed on it.
So he wired a message to the pastor: “Rush copy of motto and dimensions.”
A new clerk in the Western Union office got the reply and almost fainted.
It read: “Unto us a child is born. Eight feet long, three feet wide.”
D. Today I want share with you the three most important words of Christmas; the first is…
Hebrews 4:14-16 (quickview)  (NIV), Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
A. Incarnation simply means “in the flesh.”
1. I have already emphasized in our first three messages from this chapter that “the Word” referred to hear by John the apostle is Jesus.
2. Verses one and two tell us that the Word was there in the beginning with God and the Word was God.
1. Verse 14 tells us that in Bethlehem the Word became flesh.
2. In other words Jesus became a human.
3. Jesus left heaven and all that it means to be God and put on some flesh and became a human.
B. Christmas is not when Christ came into existence, just as the cross is not when He went out of existence.
1. The manger was simply when Christ put on some flesh and the cross is simply when Christ left the flesh.
2. Christ was in heaven before the manger and He is still in existence in heaven after the cross.
3. We have tried to pound this home, but there is another aspect of this God becoming human thing that we need to consider this morning.
1. This verse tells us that one of the reasons that Christ came in the flesh is so that He could sympathize with us.
2. So that He could understand us.
3. So that He could feel what we feel.
4. So that He could go through what we go through.
5. So that He could experience what we experience.
6. There’s no way that God could understand what it means to be human unless He Himself became human.
7. And Hebrews tells us that now we have the perfect high priest.
8. A high priest is a go-between between God and man.
9. Jesus Christ is our go-between between the Father and us.
10. Jesus Christ is our great high priest.