The Word after He Became Flesh (3 of 3) by Ken Trivette

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The Word after He Became Flesh (3 of 3)
Series: The Word Became Flesh
Ken Trivette
John 1:6-14

Outline
1. THE WORD IN FLESH WAS REVEALED
a) Revealed as the Light
b) Revealed as the Life
c) Revealed as the Lamb
2. THE WORD IN FLESH WAS REJECTED
a) How Surprising This Rejection
b) How Serious This Rejection
3. THE WORD IN FLESH WAS RECEIVED
a) A Faith Matter
b) A Family Matter

I read about a professor of psychology in a certain university who gave a word suggestion test to his class of 40 students. He instructed them to write the word "Christmas," and all the class did so. "Now," said the professor, "right after the word Christmas I want you to write the first thought that flashes through your mind regarding that day." When the papers were turned in answers were given such as "tree," "holly," "mistletoe," "presents," "turkey," "holiday," "carols," and "Santa Claus." Not one of the students had written anything about Jesus.

Sadly, Christmas has become more of a holiday than it is a holy day. It is more about the mall than it is the manger. It is more about fun than faith. It is more about Santa than the Savior. The reason for the season has been largely lost to many. I think of a lady that was doing some Christmas shopping and as she passed a department store window she noticed the store had put out a manger scene with figures of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, wise men, and animals. Disgustedly she was overheard to say, "Look at that, now the church is trying to horn in on Christmas."

There are many who think that if you bring anything of a religious nature into Christmas that you have crossed the line. Some would even agree with Dr. Leonard Peikoff who wrote: "America's tragedy is that its intellectually leaders have typically tried to replace happiness with guilt by insisting that the spiritual meaning of Christmas is religion and self-sacrifice for Tiny Tim or his equivalent. But the spiritual must start with recognizing reality. ...


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