Sermon Notes by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor of the Kannapolis Church of God preached on Sunday morning, December 25th at 11:00 a.m.
The Luke Account of Jesus’ birth, as was read during the Advent service, earlier, is the traditional account we know and love. Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to be registered for Caesar’s tax system. They cannot find a motel room due to the city being filled for the census. They are allowed to stay in a stable behind a motel. While in Bethlehem, Mary gives birth to a Son and He is called Jesus. An angel appears to the shepherds in the fields and an angelic host declares “Glory to God in the Highest!” They came and marveled at the sight of a Savior in a manger, who would save the world from its sins. However, John looks at the coming of Jesus in a different light.
John 1:1–3 (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.
The WORD has come
John 1:4–5 (NKJV)
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.
Dispelling the Darkness
Lack of Comprehension
LIGHT has come
John 1:14–18 (NKJV)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Glory of the Lord
Grace and Truth
The GLORY has come
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ”
Humanity v. Deity: God is Greater
GOD Has Come
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Fullness of Grace
The Mystery of God
The Christ Child Declares the Father
GRACE has come.