The Christ of Christmas by James Merritt

The Christ of Christmas
James Merritt
John 1:1-5


1. Nobody can be so brutally honest like a child. One child wrote a letter to his aunt that went like this:

Dear Aunt Sarah:

Thank you for the Christmas present that you sent to me. The present you sent to me for Christmas was almost as good as the one I really wanted!

2. When God gave us his Christmas present in the form of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, without question He gave us a greater gift than we could have ever imagined or wanted. In these few verses we are going to study, John gives us the theology of Christmas.

3. Unlike the other gospel writers, God was not concerned so much about the where and the when of Christmas as he was the who and the why of Christmas. John assumed the reality of the manger, but he wanted us to understand the revelation of the manger.

4. When you compare John to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you will discover quickly that John was not the broadest writer, but he was definitely the deepest. You read nothing in John's gospel about the birth of Jesus. You do not read about the manger, the angels, the shepherds, nor Bethlehem. John does not talk about the baptism of Jesus; the temptation of Jesus. You read nothing about the garden of Gethsemane. Not one of the thirty-nine parables that Jesus told are found in John's gospel.

5. Bible scholars tell us that in the original language John only used a total of 600 different words to write his gospel, and he wrote on a seventh grade reading level. Yet, John, without question, was the most profound theologian of all of the gospel writers. John was not a wordy writer, but he was definitely a weighty one.

6. In these five short verses of sixty-five words, John gives us enough truth and enough theology about the person of the Lord Jesus Christ to fill up five books and 65,000 words. Someone has well said about this passage: ''Never has so much been said in so few words.''

7. Unlike Matthew and Luke who ...

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