12/01/13 Christ is the Cradle, Cross & Creator!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Under: Sermon
Advent Week 1

Text: John 1:1-5 (NKJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Intro: More than just a baby in a manager - This little Baby in a manager that the world see’s was busy! This Baby is Immanuel (God with us), it is Jesus! He is the “I am” of the Word, He is the “I am” of creation. He is the Shepherd, the Judge, the Holy One, First and Last, He is the Light, Savior, the Pierced One, Mighty God and Lord of lords, the Alpha and Omega the Lord of Glory and Redeemer, He is omnipotent, immutable, and He is the sovereign God! He is more than some little baby in a manger; more than an inaccurate picture on a Christmas card, He is more than a cross! He created all things, He raises the dead, forgives sin, and His word stands forever. He loved us so much that He died for us, this is amazing love. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is: The Word of God, the Creator of Life the very being and Essence of life.

Application: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us!”

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory (Beyond the manger), the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Christ is the Cradle, Cross & Creator:

1. Christ is eternal: vs. 1-2

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Christ is eternal, He was preexistent. This means He was there before creation. He had always existed. Jesus Christ was already there. He did not become; He was not created; He never had a beginning. He "was in the beginning with God."

The wisdom of the Bible tells us: “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:2

This Eternal God loved us so much he found it not above Him to be seen in a cradle: “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:6-8

The testimony of John is that Jesus Christ was the Word, the One who had always existed. He was the Son of the living God. The reading of today’s scripture and this being the first day of the advent season we can chose to really allow this Eternal God to complete us: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Christ was coexistent. He was and is face to face with God forever. The word "with" has the idea of both being with and acting toward. Jesus Christ (the Word) was both with God and acting with God. He was "with God": by God's side, acting, living, and moving in the closest of relationships. Christ had the ideal and perfect relationship with God the Father. Their life together - their relationship, communion, fellowship, and connection - was a perfect eternal bond. Jesus Christ is eternal, He reveals the most important Person in all the universe: God. He reveals all that God is and wants to say to man. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Just to make sure you understand when the early disciples looked at Christ they saw God. When you see Christ you see God! Because He lives! He is loving and caring, full of goodness and truth; and He will not tolerate injustices: murder and stealing, lying and cheating of husband, wife, child, neighbor, brother, sister or stranger. God loves and is working and moving toward a perfect universe that will be filled with people who choose to love and worship and live and work for Him.

That’s the cradle, its Christ the one who died on the cross, but wait He arose! He lives, the eternal Christ Lives. That’s the real Christmas - The Eternal Christ! Does He live in you? The Advent season must remind you of the fact He is eternal.

Christ is the Cradle, Cross & Creator:

2. Christ is the creator: vs. 3

“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Christ is the Creator. "All things" mean every detail of creation - not creation as a whole, but every single detail. Each element and thing, each being and person - whether material or spiritual, angelic or human - has come into being by Christ. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16

God did not take something outside of Himself, something less than perfect (evil) and create the world. Christ, the Word, took nothing but His will and power; and He spoke the Word, and created every single thing out of nothing. Christ was the One who created all things - one by one. Among the Godhead, He was the active Agent, the Person who made all things. Creation was His function and work above.

God is not off in some distant place far removed from the world, unconcerned and disinterested in what happens to the world. God cares about the world. He cares deeply, even about the most minute detail and smallest person. He cares about everything and every person in the world. The problems of the world are not due to God and His attitude. The problems of the world are due to sin, to the attitude and evil of man's heart. The answer to the world's problems is not man and his technical skill. The answer is Christ: for men to turn to Christ surrendering and giving their lives to know Christ in the most personal and intimate way possible. Then, and only then, can men set their lives and world in order as God intends. Christ is the Creator; The Advent season must remind us He is the Creator.

Christ is the Cradle, Cross & Creator:

3. Christ is Life: vs. 4-5

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. Christ is life; He is the source of light. From the very beginning man was to know that life, to know God personally and intimately. The knowledge of the life of Christ was to be the light of mankind, the beam that was to give real life to us, both abundant and eternal life. The life of Christ was to infuse energy and motivation into men so that he might walk and live as they should.

The life of Christ and the light He gives allows us to really appreciate a quality of being, a force of being, an essence of being, a power of being, an energy of being, it is supposed to give us BEING! The life (Christ) was to be the light of man's purpose, meaning and significance upon earth.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25

The song is real, this little light you must let it shine, without light there is nothing but darkness and Christ is the answer to darkness. Very simply, since man had brought darkness into the world (by sin), the life of Christ was the light of man, the beam that showed man the way, the truth and the life. Christ showed man the way God intended him to live. Christ showed man the truth of life, that is, the truth about God and man and the truth about the world of man. Christ showed man the life, that is, how to save his life and avoid the things that can cause him to stumble and lose his life. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.” “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

The “I am” the light of the world is more than a candle lite during the month of Advent, more than a cradle, more than a cross, this creator created us to live in the light of Christ who gives us eternal life. The Advent season must remind us He is life.

Conclusion: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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