The Word Became Flesh ( John 1:1-18)

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The Word Became Flesh

John 1:1-18
Key Verse 1:14

How do you feel this time of the year? According to many mental health experts Christmas time is a very stressful time. It encourages depression. The cold, the darkness, too many expectations, too little money, family conflicts, deadline after deadline at work. This Christmas let us just focus on the real meaning of Christmas which is Jesus Christ. That is what Apostle John did when by the Holy Spirit he wrote the Gospel of John. John wrote in John 20:21 “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in his name.” By focusing on Jesus Christ, we are focusing on God our Heavenly Father. When we focus on Jesus Christ our depression and stress will fall away from our minds and our hearts. In their place he gives us his grace, truth, life and glory.

First, Jesus Christ is the revelation of God.

Look at verse
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.

As we begin using John Gospel to remind us of the meaning of Christmas, we see we must go far back in time. Back to the beginning before the beginning of creation. Only what is written in the bible do we know who or what was going on before creation. John give’s Jesus Christ the name “Word” with a capital “W” who was with God in the beginning before Creation. Our Lord reminds his Heavenly Father about that time in John 17:5 when he prayed “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” Before creation we are told here there was God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ living together in unscalable, unimaginable, indescribable glory. John not only writes the Word was with God but was God. It is by words we reason and come to know another person. What John is saying is that to know God we must know Jesus Christ. He writes the same point in verse 18: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and. Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made
him known.” I am very sentimental about baby Jesus birth as recalled in Luke and Matthew Gospel. Many years in the pass by recalling his birth in this dark and cold time of the year has filled my heart with God’s good news of great joy. I am reminded here Christmas is also a time when I can renew my relationship with God my Heavenly Father. For to know Jesus Christ is to know God my Heavenly Father. To listen to Jesus Christ is the listen to God. Jesus told the religious leaders in John 5:39,40 “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” He tells them all Scripture is was written to testify about Jesus Christ, to propel us to Jesus Christ. To believe in him for life. To move us to call on him to save us for it is written Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be Saved. Yes, there is an eternal treasure in Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus has uncovered it for us. He tells us it is himself. This Christmas let us not allow all the dead lines, and glitter keep us from the real meaning of Christmas. Let us come to study Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus Christ to us. Look at verses 4,5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” When it writes in verse 5 “the darkness has not understood it.” The proper interpretation is the darkness has not over come it.” Only knowing Jesus Christ can we overcome any darkness within ourselves and the darkness the world tries to pile on us. Coming to Jesus Christ is how we over come the darkness this time of year tries to prevail upon us.

Second, the Word Became Flesh

Let’s read verse 14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Biblical Christmas we have become familiar with started when the Word became flesh. Somehow by the power of God Almighty Jesus Christ transition from eternity to temporal. From indestructible to fragile, killable flesh. From being the creator of all thrones or powers or rulers or authorities to one who had no interest at all in making a name for himself in this world. Every day we are overwhelmed with one political party trying to take the power from another. The other party does all they can to hold on to their power. Jesus Christ, the source of all power and authority absolutely, gave it all up and became vulnerable flesh. Why then did The Son of God do something that is the most repugnant and disagreeable to every other created being either in the world of flesh or spiritual world? It was because by becoming flesh Jesus Christ would create the greatest love story ever created.
First Jesus Christ by becoming flesh would be able to give his Heavenly Father the greatest gift of Love His Heavenly Father has ever wanted. John 10:17,18 “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
In the book of Hebrews Christ shares it like this the meaning why he became flesh: Hebrews 10:5-7,10 “Therefore when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am- it is written about me in the scroll- I have come to do your will, O God.’” And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” By offering his sinless body in the flesh God could finally do what he always wanted to do provide a way to reconcile sinners to himself and make them Holy. Jesus who is the revelation of God the Father reveals God’s heart for this world when he declared in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Second Jesus becoming flesh is the greatest act of love anyone has ever done for each person who lives on this earth.
Galatians 2:20-21 reveals: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.” Thousands of years before we were born Christ knew us. He is God omniscient. God All knowing. He is also God omnipotent with unlimited power, able to do anything.
With out loosing any of his omniscient and omnipotent power he became God incarnate in the flesh. He allowed himself to be crucified on the cross. He who makes all the rules, and laws allowed us to be crucified with him even before we were born. When we learn this good news and then believe this good news and apply this good news to ourselves; then by God’s grace our sinful self no longer lives but Christ omniscient, omnipotent lives in us. Why would Christ ever do this for selfish, violent, angry, immoral sinners? The Apostle writes because he loved us and because of God’s grace. How then should we daily live in this sinful body we were born into? The Apostle writes: “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me. By faith in Christ every day, all day. It’s nice that our parents love us. But they eventually become ill and die and no longer can love us. Its nice our friends love us, but they move on and start a life some where else and they forget about us. Its nice our husband or wife loves us. But our love for one another often is fragile icy and temporal. Its nice our children would love us, but they are full of issues and God’s word has commanded “Go into the World.”

At the end of the day the only one who can love us and never leave us or forsake us is the one who became flesh and died for us on the cross. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: (the Apostle writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-16) Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who believe on him and receive eternal life.” Every day we must live by faith and believe Jesus Christ loves us. God’s word doesn’t lie. God’s word again and and again writes he loves us. That he alone has unlimited patience for us and when this mortal life is over by his omnipotent power, he will take us to live with him forever and ever and ever. This is all given us by 100 percent the grace of God. We just must make sure we do not set aside the grace of God by setting aside what Christ did for us in the flesh and put in it’s place someone or something else.

Look back at verse 14 again. The Apostle writes “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Apostle shares he was a witness to Jesus Christ when he walked this earth in the flesh as God incarnate. He writes it in a more personal way in 1 John 1:1. The Apostle shares That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched.” Exactly what did John hear, see and touch? While in the flesh John saw Christ perform glorious signs only God could perform. Notice he writes in verse 14: “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only.” Jesus is the capital “O” “One” and capital “O” “Only”
He is the One and Only Son of God. He is the One and Only all sinners in time pass and time present and time future can be reconciled with God. Apostle Peter writes it extremely clearly: In Acts 4: “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

How many medical competent medical doctors are there? Thousands upon thousands. How many smart professors are there? Thousands upon thousands. How many generals are there? Thousands upon thousands. This applies to every vocation know to mankind. But there is only One and Only Savior who became flesh and revealed his glory. This person is Jesus Christ. Our Great and Awesome Creator God doesn’t ask much from us, but he does demand we only place our faith, trust, belief, reliance, and hope in his One and Only Son Jesus Christ. As far as I know, as far as I understand, this is God’s only Gospel. Those who add or take away from this Gospel will be eternally condemned according to Galatians 1:8, 9.

Notice how careful the writer John is when he writes using two capital “O” to describe Jesus Christ. “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” He doesn’t leave any room for confusion. Our we the same when we study the Bible with people. Or when people study with us are they lift with confusion thinking that faith in Jesus Christ is just one part of a very complicated equation that they need to be saved by. I used to study the Bible with people like this. But thank you Jesus Christ he gave me a roommate who rebuke me and taught me the true Gospel of God. Once I pushed him to push his bible student to come to meetings and worship service. He wouldn’t move. He was like Mount Everest in his Gospel faith. He told me “I am not going to push him to come to Sunday worship or any meeting until I know for certain that he knows for sure that he is saved by faith in Christ alone.” That one small rebuke from him totally changed my life. Up to that point for for three years I hated this young man. At that instant and from that day forth I consider him the best friend I ever made while living on this earth. All my other religious teachers were like Moses to me. He was like the Apostle Paul and Martin Luther to me. I hope each one of you will at least have one friend while living in this life who is like the Apostle Paul and Martin Luther. Don’t envy them. Don’t hate them. Thank God for them. They will help you squarely place your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your righteousness, justification, Salvation, Wisdom and Holiness.

Now if you were to ask Apostle John specifically what observances stood out most while Jesus Christ dwelled among him, he would use two words: Grace and truth. In the last part of verse 14 he writes: “Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Verse 16,17: “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The grace and truth from Jesus Christ are like the infinite Universe. His grace has no limit. His truth is perfect and eternal and applies equally to all.

In John 9 Jesus Christ young disciples were infected with what many immature religious people get infected with. Which is to judge people’s misfortunes as a result of their sin or someone else’s sin. They ask Jesus: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that a blind beggar they came upon was blind. Jesus Christ answered their question with one of the Most Amazing truths utter from the lips of a man. In fact, this truth is so amazing it proves Jesus Christ is God incarnate. He told them: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” I know these words are truth because more than 2000 after Christ first shared them with his disciples, they changed my life. That is one of the definitions of truth. If it is truth It applies to all people in all ages. I have read a little of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. Their writings were interesting. Nevertheless, not one word I read ever changed or effected my life. On the other hand, these words of Jesus changed my life. When I was in my early 20’s I would get discouraged by comments, corrections or rude remarks from others. I would go home and lay in my bed and eat food and do nothing. I thought the time glass of my life would wait until I stop being discouraged. Then I studied Jesus Words of truth: “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night Is coming, when no one can work.” Jesus taught me my life was moving towards night when I could no longer do work. From that moment on I was able to get out of bed and do the work I needed to do. By God’s grace never again did I ever again allow any discouragement to keep me from doing the work I needed to do. I know many dear friends who have depression. I know it is crippling. I also know what I had was a type of depression and Jesus Words of of truth and light healed it. Praise him and thank him for what these words of truth have done in my life.
After our Lord Jesus Spoke these Words he then spit on the ground. Made mud with the spit. Put it in the blind beggar eyes told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The blind beggar did what Jesus told him to do and was able to see perfectly. Anybody who has had degenerative eyesight or is totally blind from birth can testify what Jesus Christ did for this man was full of grace and nothing less than the glory of God.
The story doesn’t end here. From that point on everyone who new he had been blind and was a beggar tries to now make him doubt Jesus Christ grace in his life. First his neighbors start to gossip: “Isn’t this the man who use to sit and beg?” Others’ said no he only looks like him. Our bible writes: “But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” In other words, yes, I was that blind beggar. That person you always thought was full of sin because of my blindness, who was begging. Yes, that was me. Then he described exactly how Christ open his eyes. Next the religious people who hated Jesus again and again tried to make him say something against Jesus. Again, he first told the same story. When they pressed him again to say something against Jesus, he told them “He is a prophet.” Finally, with all their religious authority they summon to try to force him to say something bad against Jesus. They ordered him: Give glory to God, we know this man is a sinner. He replied, to this huge intimidation: “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know I was blind but now I can see!” Because this man never forgot Jesus grace in his life, he never betrayed Jesus. In fact, if you carefully read the entire account the more, he was persecuted for testifying for what Jesus did in his life the stronger his faith in Jesus became.

This once blind beggar taught me the great importance of being strong in the grace of Jesus Christ and how to maintain Jesus Christ grace in my life. It’s by never forgetting what kind of terrible sinner Jesus saved and rescued me from.
Growing up I was a shameful coward.
I would beat my sisters. Beat the animals my parents would bring home. If Jesus didn’t step into my life my future would have been shameful, terrible and meaningless. Then I remember my senior year in high school in 1977,1978 people started introducing Jesus Christ to me for the first time. Just listening about this Jesus Christ and believing in this Jesus Christ began changing me. That’s all I did. Listen and believed. The true glory of it was revealed at least to me in August of 1978. My sisters and I were together. I was showing them I could squeeze an uncooked egg as hard as I could, and it wouldn’t break.
I was wrong. Not only did the egg break but exploded all over my sister. My sister was rightfully angry and punched me at least five times as hard as she could. But the most amazing part is I felt absolutely no anger to her repeated punches. Before knowing and believing in Jesus I may have gone with her punch for punch. In my memory as I was standing there receiving her punches it was as if calm Jesus Christ was living inside me. Right then and there I knew this Jesus Christ had changed my life. Fast forward to late Sept or early Oct 1987, I was asked to go to Chicago to ask my wife to marry me. She was being watched over by this super senior missionary. He had heard of my days of beating my sisters. Being a shepherd, he didn’t want to give one of Jesus sheep over to a wolf. Therefore, he tested me to see if I was a shepherd or a wolf. He asked “David, will you beat Mary? I told him “No.” Again he asked: “David will you beat Mary? Again, I told him “No” Again he asked “David will you beat Mary? Again, I told him No. He kept asking the same question over and over. His never-ending questioning reminded me of the once blind beggar Jesus healed in John 9 being constantly questioned. Therefore I took one of his replies and fit it into my replies: I told this missionary looking straight into his eyes: “One thing I know once I was that kind of person who beat my sisters but Jesus Christ has changed me.” With that reply I passed my marriage test. Thirty-two years later you can ask my wife if Jesus Christ has really changed me.

Finally look at John 1:12 “Yet to all who receive 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. Dr. John Lee is our churches children’s expert. He has overseen CBF for many years. He is a medical doctor. He has children himself. He tells me the youngest of his CBF children are those that live with the least stress. The older they get the more they show signs of stress. I really believe by believing in Jesus Christ by God’s grace, we become God’s children. When we really understand what it means to live as God’s children, I believe this can give us divine help from stress. I was at Costco on Friday with my wife. Can I share with you I was almost 911 so weak. Physically and mentally I have been feeling weak for months. Because of a history of cancer and circularity heart issues my days are fragile. My energy level sometimes feels like a innertube that has a nail stuck in it and all my energy drains from me. Moreover, I knew since I had to give Sunday message Satan would work overtime in making me feel even more weaker. My saving grace was faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ second by second became my energy. If someone attack me, I would have been helpless. At the same time, I felt God through Christ had taken my hand like a father takes the hand of his little child. My dad had died in 2005. My mom no longer can remember her children’s names.
God through faith in Christ is literally my real and literal Heavenly Father. I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I can also honestly say I know through faith in Christ God my Heavenly Father will never leave me nor forsake. This Christmas let us find time to renew our faith in the Word who became flesh and made his dwelling among us. By the help of the Holy Spirit let us live each day by faith in Jesus Christ who loved us, became flesh and gave his life for us.

The Word Became Flesh

John 1:1-18
Key Verse 1:14

How do you feel this time of the year? According to many mental health experts Christmas time is a very stressful time. It encourages depression. The cold, the darkness, too many expectations, too little money, family conflicts, deadline after deadline at work. This Christmas let us just focus on the real meaning of Christmas which is Jesus Christ. That is what Apostle John did when by the Holy Spirit he wrote the Gospel of John. John wrote in John 20:21 “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in his name.” By focusing on Jesus Christ, we are focusing on God our Heavenly Father. When we focus on Jesus Christ our depression and stress will fall away from our minds and our hearts. In their place he gives us his grace, truth, life and glory.

First, Jesus Christ is the revelation of God.

Look at verse
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.

As we begin using John Gospel to remind us of the meaning of Christmas, we see we must go far back in time. Back to the beginning before the beginning of creation. Only what is written in the bible do we know who or what was going on before creation. John give’s Jesus Christ the name “Word” with a capital “W” who was with God in the beginning before Creation. Our Lord reminds his Heavenly Father about that time in John 17:5 when he prayed “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” Before creation we are told here there was God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ living together in unscalable, unimaginable, indescribable glory. John not only writes the Word was with God but was God. It is by words we reason and come to know another person. What John is saying is that to know God we must know Jesus Christ. He writes the same point in verse 18: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and. Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made
him known.” I am very sentimental about baby Jesus birth as recalled in Luke and Matthew Gospel. Many years in the pass by recalling his birth in this dark and cold time of the year has filled my heart with God’s good news of great joy. I am reminded here Christmas is also a time when I can renew my relationship with God my Heavenly Father. For to know Jesus Christ is to know God my Heavenly Father. To listen to Jesus Christ is the listen to God. Jesus told the religious leaders in John 5:39,40 “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” He tells them all Scripture is was written to testify about Jesus Christ, to propel us to Jesus Christ. To believe in him for life. To move us to call on him to save us for it is written Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be Saved. Yes, there is an eternal treasure in Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus has uncovered it for us. He tells us it is himself. This Christmas let us not allow all the dead lines, and glitter keep us from the real meaning of Christmas. Let us come to study Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus Christ to us. Look at verses 4,5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” When it writes in verse 5 “the darkness has not understood it.” The proper interpretation is the darkness has not over come it.” Only knowing Jesus Christ can we overcome any darkness within ourselves and the darkness the world tries to pile on us. Coming to Jesus Christ is how we over come the darkness this time of year tries to prevail upon us.

Second, the Word Became Flesh

Let’s read verse 14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Biblical Christmas we have become familiar with started when the Word became flesh. Somehow by the power of God Almighty Jesus Christ transition from eternity to temporal. From indestructible to fragile, killable flesh. From being the creator of all thrones or powers or rulers or authorities to one who had no interest at all in making a name for himself in this world. Every day we are overwhelmed with one political party trying to take the power from another. The other party does all they can to hold on to their power. Jesus Christ, the source of all power and authority absolutely, gave it all up and became vulnerable flesh. Why then did The Son of God do something that is the most repugnant and disagreeable to every other created being either in the world of flesh or spiritual world? It was because by becoming flesh Jesus Christ would create the greatest love story ever created.
First Jesus Christ by becoming flesh would be able to give his Heavenly Father the greatest gift of Love His Heavenly Father has ever wanted. John 10:17,18 “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
In the book of Hebrews Christ shares it like this the meaning why he became flesh: Hebrews 10:5-7,10 “Therefore when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am- it is written about me in the scroll- I have come to do your will, O God.’” And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” By offering his sinless body in the flesh God could finally do what he always wanted to do provide a way to reconcile sinners to himself and make them Holy. Jesus who is the revelation of God the Father reveals God’s heart for this world when he declared in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Second Jesus becoming flesh is the greatest act of love anyone has ever done for each person who lives on this earth.
Galatians 2:20-21 reveals: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.” Thousands of years before we were born Christ knew us. He is God omniscient. God All knowing. He is also God omnipotent with unlimited power, able to do anything.
With out loosing any of his omniscient and omnipotent power he became God incarnate in the flesh. He allowed himself to be crucified on the cross. He who makes all the rules, and laws allowed us to be crucified with him even before we were born. When we learn this good news and then believe this good news and apply this good news to ourselves; then by God’s grace our sinful self no longer lives but Christ omniscient, omnipotent lives in us. Why would Christ ever do this for selfish, violent, angry, immoral sinners? The Apostle writes because he loved us and because of God’s grace. How then should we daily live in this sinful body we were born into? The Apostle writes: “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me. By faith in Christ every day, all day. It’s nice that our parents love us. But they eventually become ill and die and no longer can love us. Its nice our friends love us, but they move on and start a life some where else and they forget about us. Its nice our husband or wife loves us. But our love for one another often is fragile icy and temporal. Its nice our children would love us, but they are full of issues and God’s word has commanded “Go into the World.”

At the end of the day the only one who can love us and never leave us or forsake us is the one who became flesh and died for us on the cross. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: (the Apostle writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-16) Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who believe on him and receive eternal life.” Every day we must live by faith and believe Jesus Christ loves us. God’s word doesn’t lie. God’s word again and and again writes he loves us. That he alone has unlimited patience for us and when this mortal life is over by his omnipotent power, he will take us to live with him forever and ever and ever. This is all given us by 100 percent the grace of God. We just must make sure we do not set aside the grace of God by setting aside what Christ did for us in the flesh and put in it’s place someone or something else.

Look back at verse 14 again. The Apostle writes “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Apostle shares he was a witness to Jesus Christ when he walked this earth in the flesh as God incarnate. He writes it in a more personal way in 1 John 1:1. The Apostle shares That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched.” Exactly what did John hear, see and touch? While in the flesh John saw Christ perform glorious signs only God could perform. Notice he writes in verse 14: “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only.” Jesus is the capital “O” “One” and capital “O” “Only”
He is the One and Only Son of God. He is the One and Only all sinners in time pass and time present and time future can be reconciled with God. Apostle Peter writes it extremely clearly: In Acts 4: “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

How many medical competent medical doctors are there? Thousands upon thousands. How many smart professors are there? Thousands upon thousands. How many generals are there? Thousands upon thousands. This applies to every vocation know to mankind. But there is only One and Only Savior who became flesh and revealed his glory. This person is Jesus Christ. Our Great and Awesome Creator God doesn’t ask much from us, but he does demand we only place our faith, trust, belief, reliance, and hope in his One and Only Son Jesus Christ. As far as I know, as far as I understand, this is God’s only Gospel. Those who add or take away from this Gospel will be eternally condemned according to Galatians 1:8, 9.

Notice how careful the writer John is when he writes using two capital “O” to describe Jesus Christ. “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” He doesn’t leave any room for confusion. Our we the same when we study the Bible with people. Or when people study with us are they lift with confusion thinking that faith in Jesus Christ is just one part of a very complicated equation that they need to be saved by. I used to study the Bible with people like this. But thank you Jesus Christ he gave me a roommate who rebuke me and taught me the true Gospel of God. Once I pushed him to push his bible student to come to meetings and worship service. He wouldn’t move. He was like Mount Everest in his Gospel faith. He told me “I am not going to push him to come to Sunday worship or any meeting until I know for certain that he knows for sure that he is saved by faith in Christ alone.” That one small rebuke from him totally changed my life. Up to that point for for three years I hated this young man. At that instant and from that day forth I consider him the best friend I ever made while living on this earth. All my other religious teachers were like Moses to me. He was like the Apostle Paul and Martin Luther to me. I hope each one of you will at least have one friend while living in this life who is like the Apostle Paul and Martin Luther. Don’t envy them. Don’t hate them. Thank God for them. They will help you squarely place your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your righteousness, justification, Salvation, Wisdom and Holiness.

Now if you were to ask Apostle John specifically what observances stood out most while Jesus Christ dwelled among him, he would use two words: Grace and truth. In the last part of verse 14 he writes: “Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Verse 16,17: “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The grace and truth from Jesus Christ are like the infinite Universe. His grace has no limit. His truth is perfect and eternal and applies equally to all.

In John 9 Jesus Christ young disciples were infected with what many immature religious people get infected with. Which is to judge people’s misfortunes as a result of their sin or someone else’s sin. They ask Jesus: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that a blind beggar they came upon was blind. Jesus Christ answered their question with one of the Most Amazing truths utter from the lips of a man. In fact, this truth is so amazing it proves Jesus Christ is God incarnate. He told them: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” I know these words are truth because more than 2000 after Christ first shared them with his disciples, they changed my life. That is one of the definitions of truth. If it is truth It applies to all people in all ages. I have read a little of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. Their writings were interesting. Nevertheless, not one word I read ever changed or effected my life. On the other hand, these words of Jesus changed my life. When I was in my early 20’s I would get discouraged by comments, corrections or rude remarks from others. I would go home and lay in my bed and eat food and do nothing. I thought the time glass of my life would wait until I stop being discouraged. Then I studied Jesus Words of truth: “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night Is coming, when no one can work.” Jesus taught me my life was moving towards night when I could no longer do work. From that moment on I was able to get out of bed and do the work I needed to do. By God’s grace never again did I ever again allow any discouragement to keep me from doing the work I needed to do. I know many dear friends who have depression. I know it is crippling. I also know what I had was a type of depression and Jesus Words of of truth and light healed it. Praise him and thank him for what these words of truth have done in my life.
After our Lord Jesus Spoke these Words he then spit on the ground. Made mud with the spit. Put it in the blind beggar eyes told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The blind beggar did what Jesus told him to do and was able to see perfectly. Anybody who has had degenerative eyesight or is totally blind from birth can testify what Jesus Christ did for this man was full of grace and nothing less than the glory of God.
The story doesn’t end here. From that point on everyone who new he had been blind and was a beggar tries to now make him doubt Jesus Christ grace in his life. First his neighbors start to gossip: “Isn’t this the man who use to sit and beg?” Others’ said no he only looks like him. Our bible writes: “But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” In other words, yes, I was that blind beggar. That person you always thought was full of sin because of my blindness, who was begging. Yes, that was me. Then he described exactly how Christ open his eyes. Next the religious people who hated Jesus again and again tried to make him say something against Jesus. Again, he first told the same story. When they pressed him again to say something against Jesus, he told them “He is a prophet.” Finally, with all their religious authority they summon to try to force him to say something bad against Jesus. They ordered him: Give glory to God, we know this man is a sinner. He replied, to this huge intimidation: “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know I was blind but now I can see!” Because this man never forgot Jesus grace in his life, he never betrayed Jesus. In fact, if you carefully read the entire account the more, he was persecuted for testifying for what Jesus did in his life the stronger his faith in Jesus became.

This once blind beggar taught me the great importance of being strong in the grace of Jesus Christ and how to maintain Jesus Christ grace in my life. It’s by never forgetting what kind of terrible sinner Jesus saved and rescued me from.
Growing up I was a shameful coward.
I would beat my sisters. Beat the animals my parents would bring home. If Jesus didn’t step into my life my future would have been shameful, terrible and meaningless. Then I remember my senior year in high school in 1977,1978 people started introducing Jesus Christ to me for the first time. Just listening about this Jesus Christ and believing in this Jesus Christ began changing me. That’s all I did. Listen and believed. The true glory of it was revealed at least to me in August of 1978. My sisters and I were together. I was showing them I could squeeze an uncooked egg as hard as I could, and it wouldn’t break.
I was wrong. Not only did the egg break but exploded all over my sister. My sister was rightfully angry and punched me at least five times as hard as she could. But the most amazing part is I felt absolutely no anger to her repeated punches. Before knowing and believing in Jesus I may have gone with her punch for punch. In my memory as I was standing there receiving her punches it was as if calm Jesus Christ was living inside me. Right then and there I knew this Jesus Christ had changed my life. Fast forward to late Sept or early Oct 1987, I was asked to go to Chicago to ask my wife to marry me. She was being watched over by this super senior missionary. He had heard of my days of beating my sisters. Being a shepherd, he didn’t want to give one of Jesus sheep over to a wolf. Therefore, he tested me to see if I was a shepherd or a wolf. He asked “David, will you beat Mary? I told him “No.” Again he asked: “David will you beat Mary? Again, I told him “No” Again he asked “David will you beat Mary? Again, I told him No. He kept asking the same question over and over. His never-ending questioning reminded me of the once blind beggar Jesus healed in John 9 being constantly questioned. Therefore I took one of his replies and fit it into my replies: I told this missionary looking straight into his eyes: “One thing I know once I was that kind of person who beat my sisters but Jesus Christ has changed me.” With that reply I passed my marriage test. Thirty-two years later you can ask my wife if Jesus Christ has really changed me.

Finally look at John 1:12 “Yet to all who receive 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. Dr. John Lee is our churches children’s expert. He has overseen CBF for many years. He is a medical doctor. He has children himself. He tells me the youngest of his CBF children are those that live with the least stress. The older they get the more they show signs of stress. I really believe by believing in Jesus Christ by God’s grace, we become God’s children. When we really understand what it means to live as God’s children, I believe this can give us divine help from stress. I was at Costco on Friday with my wife. Can I share with you I was almost 911 so weak. Physically and mentally I have been feeling weak for months. Because of a history of cancer and circularity heart issues my days are fragile. My energy level sometimes feels like a innertube that has a nail stuck in it and all my energy drains from me. Moreover, I knew since I had to give Sunday message Satan would work overtime in making me feel even more weaker. My saving grace was faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ second by second became my energy. If someone attack me, I would have been helpless. At the same time, I felt God through Christ had taken my hand like a father takes the hand of his little child. My dad had died in 2005. My mom no longer can remember her children’s names.
God through faith in Christ is literally my real and literal Heavenly Father. I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I can also honestly say I know through faith in Christ God my Heavenly Father will never leave me nor forsake. This Christmas let us find time to renew our faith in the Word who became flesh and made his dwelling among us. By the help of the Holy Spirit let us live each day by faith in Jesus Christ who loved us, became flesh and gave his life for us.

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