“John’s Profound Prologue: The Mystery of Christmas” (John 1:1-18)

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day
Saturday, December 25, 2010

“John’s Profound Prologue: The Mystery of Christmas” (John 1:1-18)

The Holy Gospel for Christmas Day, John 1:1-18, which you just heard–this is usually called the “Prologue” of John’s Gospel, since this opening passage introduces many of the major themes to be developed throughout the rest of the book.

Now if there were a contest for the most profound passage in the Bible, I think John’s Prologue might win the prize. Nowhere are the most profound mysteries of the Christian faith expressed more deeply, and yet more simply, than here in this passage. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity; the doctrine of the person of Christ, his dual nature; the work of Christ, by which we are saved–all of these are caught and captured in the simplest of language, brief and succinct, and yet never to be fully plumbed in their depth. It’s like an ocean: so deep and wide you can never finish exploring it, yet you can get in the water and splash around joyfully like a little child. John has a knack for putting the deepest truths in the simplest of language, and that gift is fully on display here in our text. Only eighteen verses, and any preacher could easily get eighteen sermons out of it, there’s so much here.

And so this passage is perfect for Christmas. For here we find the astonishing, amazing, wonderful truth of what really happened on this day: The eternal God, who created all things, came in the flesh to be our Savior. There is nothing more profound and mysterious than this. Just try to wrap your mind around it. And yet it is so plainly stated. It’s kind of like the greatest Christmas present in the world, wrapped in a plain brown wrapper. A great treasure, hidden in plain sight. That’s what we have this morning as we explore “John’s Profound Prologue: The Mystery of Christmas.”

(more…)

Published in: on December 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

“Our Response to Christmas: Proclaiming, Pondering, and Praising” (Luke 2:15-20)

The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day
Friday, December 25, 2009

“Our Response to Christmas: Proclaiming, Pondering, and Praising” (Luke 2:15-20)

Last night, on Christmas Eve, we heard about “The Baby and the Birth Announcement,” the great work God did in sending us both the Savior and the angel to tell us about it. The miracle of Christmas is twofold: 1) the birth of the baby itself, and 2) the birth announcement, telling us who this child is, that he is none other than the Savior, Christ the Lord. We need both and we have both, the baby and the birth announcement. These are God’s Christmas presents to us.

Now this morning, on Christmas Day, we want to talk about “Our Response to Christmas.” In other words, now that we have heard the good news of great joy, how do we respond? Our “stand-ins” in the story today will be the shepherds and Mary, and we will see ourselves in how they respond, which is in three ways, “Proclaiming, Pondering, and Praising.”

(more…)

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,