This sermon was based on John 1:1-14
The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Where Do You Start?
- Matthew was writing primarily for Jewish readers so set it in the context of Abraham.
- Mark sets it in an Old Testament context but gets into the action quickly.
- Luke established his account as based on eye-witnesses.
- John starts by putting his account into the cosmic context.
The Creator God
- John sets Jesus as the creator.
- He uses Genesis language.
- God created by speaking, and Jesus is described as ‘the word’.
- Jesus is also the sustainer of all things.
The Creator Became Human
- When an important person arrives in town there is often a herald – this was true of Jesus, though his herald was a bit unusual – John the Baptist.
- The announcement was not received with universal acknowledgement – his own did not recognise him.
- To all who believe he gives the right to be called children of God.