Christmas Day Sermonette
John 1:1, 14
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men….the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Christmas is really about this truth: the miracle of the incarnation. What does incarnation mean? It’s really a Latin term that refers to the mind-boggling truth of the infinite God taking on human flesh and blood. Well, what’s so important about that? What practical difference does it make that Jesus is not just a human being but God himself? What practical difference does it make that Jesus is not just God, but a real human being?
Immanuel. That’s what Jesus is. “God with us.” If this baby born in Bethlehem is God Himself, then what? If Jesus is God, then He is the Almighty, Eternal, transcendent God. Then He deserves not just our complete obedience, not just our total worship, but the absolute first priority of our lives. If Jesus is God, then we need to stand in absolute awe of who He is and what He does. There’s no place for disobeying Him, no place for questioning His ways, no place for neglecting Him or His Word.
But what’s the reality of our lives? Our lives are full of disobeying God, full of question Him, full of neglect of Him and His Word. All that we can expect is His just punishment, His cold shoulder, His wrath forever. That’s what we deserve.
But then, here it is again: Immanuel. God with us. If this baby born in Bethlehem is God Himself, that means the work that He came to do is of infinite worth. And what did He come to do? He came to shed His blood as a ransom to pay our sins. But this isn’t just any blood, this is the blood of God Himself! Think about how absolutely priceless that is! One man cannot pay for the sins of another man, I can’t pay for your sins, you can’t pay for my sins, but God? Can God pay for someone else’s sin? Yes! No sin is too great to be forgiven, no evil is too great to be paid for. He is God. Your conscience can rest completely – your sins are forgiven in full, God paid for them!
Finally, if Jesus is God, then salvation is by grace. Think about this, every single other religion than true Christianity says that the founder of their religion was a great person, a great teacher, a great prophet who was sent by God to show people what they must do in order to be saved. But think about that, if our salvation was just something that WE had to do, you know what God could have done? He could have just sent a prophet or an angel to inform us on what we must do to be saved. But that’s not Christmas! This is God Himself coming, He didn’t come in order to tell us what we have to do, but He came to do for us what we could not do ourselves. He came to rescue us with His life and death. That’s grace!
This God, this eternal God, look what He did to come to be with you! Now, what I want to know is what you’re doing to get with Him? What are you doing to be close to Him? What are you allowing to get in the way of spending time with Him in His Word? God didn’t allow anything to get in the way of Him being with you, don’t let anything get in the way of you being with Him. Amen.