LET US ADORE HIM (Part 1) The Eternal Word, John 1: 1, Pastor Carey, December 3, 2017

In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet – will be home for Christmas.” Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.” He totally missed the big news that humans had actually flown!  I wonder how many, like that editor will also miss the true meaning and focus of Christmas this year.11-1202

Advent is our annual season of preparing our hearts, souls and minds for Christmas as we reflect on the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago in Bethlehem while at the same time, we ponder the  promised second coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Advent invites us to remember and to anticipate.12-1202

Rather than using the more traditional birth narrative accounts from Matthew and Luke’s Gospels, this year we will be looking at the story of the birth of Christ through the lens of John’s Gospel.  Our title, LET US ADORE HIM comes from the refrain of one of the most endeared of all Christmas Carols, O Come, All Ye Faithful.

Daily adoration is our response as disciples of Jesus to the coming Christ child, the savior crucified, dead and buried for our sins and the risen Lord of all.  So this Christmas season, let’s join together and adore Jesus for all he has, does and will forever do for us, in us and through us!

Many believe that John’s Gospel is a NT “Genesis” where Jesus has come to make all things new.  Each week we will focus on the many ways Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection does, indeed, recreate all that was lost when humanity first sinned and fell to sin’s temptation.  For John, the coming of Jesus was part of God’s plan of redemption from the beginning.  Genesis 1 tells us that God spoke all of creation into existence. John 1:1 identifies Jesus as that divine word speaker and, at the same time, the Eternal Word.14-1202

In the Old Testament, what God says God does. God speaks a word of creation and behold, cre­ation happens. Nestled between the two “in the beginning” phrases lies the basis of John’s understanding of who Jesus is: the Word. Jesus Christ is the solid, fleshed-out figure of what is only a shadow in the Old Testament writings.
15-1202Debar is Hebrew for “word,” and it means not just “word” but it also can mean “deed.” In the Old Testament, words accomplished something, whether it was the words of a covenant or  a blessing or even a curse. Thus God spoke the Debar of creation, “Let Light be,” and the words made the light shine.

John tells us that God has spoken a powerful word of re-cre­ation, of salvation, and so the Incarnation happens – a word is spoken and done, and the eternal word puts on flesh.  The introduction to the Gospel of John tells of the speaking of that Word. The remainder of the book tells of the deeds of the One who was the living Word.

For John, the truth of this will be demonstrated in Jesus’ life. What Jesus says will always be reflected in what He does and vice versa. He will do something like heal a blind man and then say that He is the Light of the World. Jesus will tell grieving friends that He is the Resurrection, and then raise someone from the dead. Jesus feeds 5,000 and then says that He is the Bread of Life. What He says is always validated, illustrated, and fulfilled in what He does. For Jesus is the eternal Debar, the Word and Deed of the Father.

Billy Sunday wrote, “There are 256 names in the Bible for Jesus, and I suppose this was because He was infinitely beyond all that any one name could express.”  Yet he is THE word.

16-1202“Word” is also the Greek term Logos meaning communication or self-expression. This special Word pre-existed and was present at the beginning of the universe. He was with God and He was God. At the right moment, Logos “became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. Jesus is God’s ultimate communication to this earth. He reveals to us all that God inherently is.
To know and to understand what God is like – know Jesus!

To know and understand what God expects from us – know Jesus’ teachings.

To know and understand what God wants us to do – know Jesus’ actions.

To know and understand God’s love for us – know Jesus’ sacrifice.

The story of Christmas is the first chapter of the story of re-introduction. The word became flesh – so we may truly know God.18-1202

The story of Christmas is the first chapter of the story of a rescue mission.  Jesus came to earth not so we could feel different but he came to earth so we could be different.

The creator of all wants to recreate us, through faith in him, into our true selves.  People living under the love, influence and covenant relationship with and for the glory of God.

The first question for this series of messages is this:  do you know the Eternal Word personally?19-1202

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