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The Nativity of Our Lord (No Audio)

December 25, 2018 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Christmas

Passage: John 1:1–1:14

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†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: John 1:1-14
Date: December 25th, 2018; Christmas Day; Series C
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
  • The entire universe, this world, and everything in it was made through the eternal Word, Jesus Christ.
  • You were made through the eternal Word, Jesus Christ.
  • All things were made according to God’s design and according to his will.
  • We knew God and we lived at peace with him.
  • He was first in our lives and everything was well ordered.
  • The earth was a perfect environment and we enjoyed its fruit.
  • We lived at peace with one another.
  • All that was created by the eternal Word was light and life!
  • All of this changed.
  • Those created in God’s image brought sin and darkness into what the Creator made.
  • All things are no longer according to God’s design and will.
  • The world no longer knows God and we are no longer at peace with him.
  • God is no longer first in our lives and order has been replaced with chaos and confusion.
  • We must now toil to enjoy the fruit of the earth and many go without.  
  • The once completely tranquil earth now has displays of violence and destruction as waters flood, earthquakes quake, as hurricanes and tornadoes rip things apart.
  • We, who once loved, cared for, and supported each other – now harbour resentment, anger, and jealousy towards each other.
  • Wars have replaced peace.  Greed has replaced charity.  Gossip has replaced encouragement.  
  • We who lived with energy, health, and vitality in the light of everlasting life – now suffer injury, pain, disease - and the darkness of death.
  • Our sin has devastated all things that were made by the Light and now there is darkness.
  • But hear the Good News on this Christmas morning - the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
  • The Light of God’s love and life has not been overcome by the darkness of our sin death - and it never will be overcome.
  • The Light came into the world. 
  • The Light came not as a blazing sun or a star - but as a tiny flame, a little speck of light so small that you would miss it if angels didn’t tell you where to look. 
  • There in Bethlehem, in a manger, swaddled in clothes - is the Light, the Word Made Flesh who came to be with us, to dwell among us. 
  • The One who gives light and life to all - comes like a little candle flame in the vast darkness.  Humbly.  Meekly. 
  • But don’t be misled by what you see. 
  • There is more light in that little flame of a Child born in Bethlehem than in all the stars of the universe. 
  • There is more life in this little newborn lying in a manger than all of the life that has ever existed. 
  • He is God’s kindness to the unkind, his mercy to the merciless, his love to his enemy, his grace to the undeserving. 
  • There is nothing in us that we should deserve this Saviour Child. 
  • But this is how God loves the world.  
  • He sends his Son in the flesh, and says, “Go and make peace. Reconcile the world to me. Bring it back. Be the Lamb who takes away the Sin of the world. Go, my beloved Son. Be born of the Virgin, be baptized by John, be despised and rejected by your own people, be crucified, buried, rise from the dead and come back to me bringing the whole reconciled world with you.”
  • And so it came to pass.
  • The Light has come into the world and has reconciled us, he has accomplished everything necessary to save us from the darkness of sin and death.
  • The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and he continues to dwell among us each and every day of our lives.
  • He is mangered in the preached and written Word, in the water of Holy Baptism, in the bread and wine of his Supper. 
  • There you will find him, swaddled in all his glory - offering you grace, light, and life.
  • Oh, come, let us adore Him. Amen!
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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