Love Came Looking!
Two men went to the train station with a friend. The train was late so they sat down for a cup of coffee.
They talked and drank and forgot about the train. Suddenly they heard the last announcement about the departing train.
They all got up and started running. They ran down the tracks as the train was pulling out of the station.
Two of the men made it to the last car and the third man was just not fast enough.
The third man slowed to a stop and started laughing.
An onlooker went up to the laughing man and said, "What are you laughing for?
You just missed your train." "You’re right," was the reply. "I did miss my train.
What’s funny is those two men came to see me off."
I think many people are just like this guy who missed the train.
But they don’t miss trains.
Many people miss Christmas.
Now they don’t miss the day – But they miss the real meaning of the day –
the fact that God came to this earth as a baby … Here we see a baby…yet in the same breath we’re hearing about a kingdom.
We now know that physical kingdom will be set up at the 2nd coming of Christ… not the first.
Jesus’ first visit as a baby did indeed spark a kingdom…a spiritual one. But the physical one is yet to come!
Remember the proclamation of the wise men, “Where is he that is born the king of the Jews?”, all the prophecies of the coming Messiah were brought to mind in the nation of Israel.
From the first declaration of a coming deliverer to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15 the hearts of men looked longingly for the Promised One.
Each looked for something different in the Messiah. When Christ was born in Bethlehem, Israel did not receive what they were looking for from the newborn King, but they had the opportunity to receive far more. Jesus was born during a time when the Jews were anticipating a great and mighty king that would come and deliver them from the oppression of the Romans. They expected Him to reign in Jerusalem and establish His kingdom on this earth. Yet, our Savior did not come as they thought He would. He did not come as a mighty king.
He came as an innocent baby boy, born in a manger in Bethlehem, to die for us. He died so that we might be forgiven of our sins and that we will live in HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM -if we believe on Him. Jesus The Son of God was born “Incarnate” in Mary’s womb (a human) that he would die as a human – AND HE DID- but three days later He reentered (incarnate) that body (in the tomb) to become the God/Man forever never to die – The second Adam.
Our Savoir and KING…. He came to make a way for us to live with Him eternally.
Jimmy, an eight-year old, was one of the best students in his Sunday school class. One day, the teacher asked her students to draw a picture of the baby Jesus. Jimmy worked and worked and came up with a picture of a modern jet airplane with four people inside. The teacher couldn’t figure it out although she thought maybe it was a modern rendering of the Christmas story. She asked, “Jimmy, this is a nice picture, but what is it?”
“Why, that’s Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus on their flight into Egypt.” “But there are four people in there. Who is the fourth one?” “Why, that’s Pontius- “the Pilate!”
Even as this little boy wasn’t sure of all the facts of Christ’s earthly ministry, many have misunderstood why Jesus had come to a lowly manger in Bethlehem – They miss the meaning of Christmas.
John began his Gospel quite differently from the rest of the Gospel writers.
The rest started with the historical accounts of the events that took place. ·
Matthew and Luke talked about circumstances leading to Jesus’ birth. ·
Mark started off with Jesus entering into ministry (as an adult), writing about a prophet John the Baptist who was preaching a message of repentance, preparing the people’s heart for the arrival of Jesus. ·
But JOHN took his first 14 verses to lay down clearly the theme of his book - Gospel message - that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save all man.
At the end of his book, John said that he has seen all that Jesus has said and done. He said, "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in our presence, which are not recorded in this book because if every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (20:30, 21:25) but "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name." (20:31). In other words, I have written all that you need to know in order to be saved.
We see a movement in this passage -
John tells us (John 1:1-3):
"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made." God and His Word - Jesus - they are eternal. They’ve been there from the beginning.
John takes us further back than the book of Genesis - Genesis tells us what God did in the beginning, John gave us a snapshot of God before He created anything. The first picture we see of Jesus Christ is this – He is God.
Eternal and infinite, uncreated.
He is the Creator, for "through Him all things were created".
Genesis tells us God spoke and the world was created... All things were created through the Word. In Him was life - in other words, all living things - including you and me - exist today because of Him. He sustains life in this universe, therefore without Him nothing exists.
And then as you read on, John painted a movement...
v.5 "the light shines in the darkness...."
v.9 "the true light... was coming into the world." And then...
v.10 "He was in the world..." v.
11 "He came to that which was His own..."
v.14 "The Word became flesh..."
The Creator came into His creation - the world He made.
The Creator became flesh and made His dwelling among His creatures.
This "movement" is great and significant. Imagine this: · Jesus who owns the universe, came into this world, and had to find a place to be born. · Jesus who is Almighty, came into this world, and needed to be carried by human hands. · Jesus who has everything in His control, came into this world and was despised by man. This CONDESCENSION was a big thing.
Martin Luther: "The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that he sunk himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding." Why? Why did God do such a thing?
John uses these words:
"He came to His own..." (v.11);
He wants us to be "children of God" (v.12).
God desires a relationship with us. This desire, or love to have fellowship with us is so great that He is willing to do whatever He can to make this possible, even if it means the sacrifice of Jesus.
For God so Loved the World He gave His Son… Would you give your son to suffer and die for people that despise you?!
God Loves YOU so Much that He came down -looking for YOU!
There was a prince who wanted to find a maiden suitable to be his queen.
One day while running an errand in the local village for his father he passed through a poor section. As he glanced out the windows of the carriage his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant maiden.
During the following day and weeks he often passed by the young lady and soon fell in love. But he had a problem.
How would he seek her hand? He could order her to marry him. But even a prince wants his bride to marry him freely and voluntarily and not through coercion. He could put on his most splendid uniform and drive up to her front door in a carriage drawn by six horses. But if he did this he would never be certain that the maiden loved him or was simply overwhelmed with all of the splendor.(riches) The prince came up with another solution. He would give up his kingly robe. He moved, into the village, entering not with a crown but in the cloths of a peasant. He lived among the people, shared their interests and concerns, and talked their language. In time the maiden grew to love him for who he was and because he had first loved her. This very simple, and Disney-like story, is what John is describing here – God came down and lived among us. Jesus became flesh just like you and me. He made Himself understandable. He came looking for us!
Phil 2:6-9 "6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!" I am glad that this happened, because it shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that God desires to reach down to me... God is beyond MY reach, but I’m not beyond His reach. He lowered Himself so that I can reach Him. Christ’s birth brought the infinite God within reach of finite man. (Love Came Down) And I come to understand His love for me – And how He longs to communicate His love to me. He wants to bless me He wants to Guide and Direct my path When people ask what God is like, Jesus answers that question - if you have seen Me you have seen the Father When we discover Jesus in the pages of His Word –
We discover the Character and Love of God the Father God himself is incomprehensible, But IN the Person of Jesus Christ - we get a glimpse of His glory, His grace and truth – His Love … (v.14). In Jesus Christ we can comprehend and KNOW our God and His great love... Our God, who created the Earth and stars - the universe! Is willing to go all of the way, From a feeding trough - to a Roman cross, so that a single person may be redeemed. That is what God is like.
That we have came to know because of Jesus Christ.
Starting that night in Bethlehem in a sheep barn laying in a manger-
We were lost - in darkness, we needed light and God gave us the Light. We needed life - for we are condemned to die in our sin - and "in Him was life" (v.4).
Jesus was God’s way of meeting us where we were to take us where we could never go. What does man really need? If our greatest need is money, God may have sent us a banker. If our greatest need is knowledge, God may have sent us a teacher. If our greatest need is wisdom, God may have sent us a philosopher. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness - forgiveness of our sin against God..., so God sent us a Redeemer who would pay His way to buy us back! "... you are to give him the name JESUS, because he will save his people from their sins." (Matt 1:21)
God came looking for you because HE loves you and He wants to share Himself with you to have a relationship with His child On that first Christmas night in Bethlehem God came looking for you! To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." John 1:12-13
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