When God Became A Man
John 1:1-5, 14
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle John portrays Christ in His deity as the Son of God. John wastes no time in making his purpose crystal clear; to set forth Christ in His deity in order to spark believing faith in his listeners. Two of the most convincing and inspiring passages in the entire 21 chapters are in John 1-5 and John 20:30-31.
In just a few days we will celebrate a very special birthday. While I was in Africa, Deanna, my oldest daughter celebrated a birthday and December 20, Hollie, my youngest daughter will celebrate hers. But, is it accurate to say that Jesus has a birthday in the same sense as theirs? This month, we Christians believe that history's most significant person has a birthday celebration. On the 25th of December, stores will shut their doors, families gather together, and people all over the world remember the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
Think of the many songs written to commemorate and proclaim Jesus' birth: "Silent Night," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Away In A Manger," and hundreds of others written throughout the centuries. Each one offers praise for the baby born in a humble manger long ago.
For example, here is the refrain from "The Birthday of a King"
"Alleluia! O how the angels sang.
Alleluia! How it rang!
And the sky was bright with a holy light,
'Twas the birthday of a King."
Many assume that Jesus' existence began like ours, in the womb of His mother. Unlike us, Jesus existed before His birth, long before there was air to breathe, long before the world was born.
All this leads to a great question: How much do we really know about the songs we sing and the verses we read at Christmas time? It is so easy to go through the motions of trimming the tree, hanging the lights, and wrapping the presents without really understanding what Christmas is all about.
It seems to me we could add substance to our traditions and kn ...
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