by Rex Yancey

Christmas Is God's Idea
Rex Yancey
John 1:1-5, 14-18

Lucy is chasing Charlie Brown and shouting, "I'll get you Charlie Brown! I'll knock your block off!" Suddenly he stops and says, "Wait a minute! Hold everything! We can't carry on like this! We have no right to act this way. The world is filled with problems, people hurting other people, people not understanding other people. If we children can't solve what are relatively minor problems, how we ever expect to..." In mid sentence she hits him with a left to the jaw and says, "I had to hit him quick! He was beginning to make sense!"

I want us to try to make sense of the Christmas season. John was not as concerned with the where and when of Christmas as he was the who and why of Christmas. He assumed the reality of the manger. He wanted us to understand the revelation of the manger.

If we compare John with the synoptic writers, we will discover quickly that John was not the broadest writer, but he was the deepest. There is nothing in his gospel about the birth of Jesus, the manger, the angels, shepherds, Bethlehem, baptism, temptation, Garden of Gethsemane or any of the thirty nine parables.

Bible scholars tell us that in the original language John only used a total of 600 different words to write his gospel. He wrote on a seventh grade level. However, he was a profound theologian. He was not wordy, but he was weighty.

In these first five verses there are 65 words in the Greek. However there is enough truth to fill up a book with 65000 words. Never has so much been said in so few words. There is an ocean of thought in a few drops of language.

Christmas is not the idea of the philosophers or politicians. Christmas was born in the heart of God from eternity. The story of Christmas was played out on earth but it was scripted in heaven.

I want us to look at three things this morning concerning Christmas.


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