SERMON #1527                                     Miscellaneous Sermons


Title:       Our All-Glorious Savior

Text:       John 1:1-45

Reading: 1 John 1:1-5 and 5:1-14

Date:       Sunday Morning—December 22, 2002

Subject: The Person and Work of Christ

Tape #    X-38b



Many, many years ago, a friend of mine sent a Christmas card to our family. In it, he had written a note about Christmas that I thought was worth keeping. He wrote, --


"Christmas is a time for the Lord's people to reset their compasses, to redirect our lives to the One who gives our past days and the year to come meaning. God has a purpose behind the insanity of the world and the sentimentality of religious people during this season. I suspect that one purpose is to rekindle in our hearts the joy of the Lord, by reminding us that the incarnation of Christ was requisite for his crucifixion and thus for our ultimate glorification."


An Indisputable Fact


I am thankful that God has, in his wise and good providence, given us this one season of the year that compels all men and women throughout the world to remember that there was a time when God himself visited this earth in human flesh. Though few know the meaning of our Lord's incarnation, and fewer still realize what the Son of God accomplished in the flesh, there is not a person in this country (and few in the whole world) who will not, for the next few days, be constantly reminded that two thousand years ago God the eternal Son took upon himself human flesh and was born at Bethlehem. Never before or since has such an event occurred.


Miraculous Attendants


Whose birth was ever foretold by such a long history of prophecy? Whose birth was ever longed for by so many? Who, but Immanuel, can claim a forerunner to announce his birth? When before or since did angels engage in a midnight song heard by men? When else did God hang a new star in the sky? Whose birth, but that of the God-man, was the birth of hope for fallen man? Well might the earth rejoice! Well may the nations cease from labor and commerce for a day, to celebrate the fact that God has come to the earth in human flesh to save fallen men!


     Turn with me to the Gospel of John, chapter 1.


Proposition: That man born at Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago is God our Savior.


While men everywhere are reminded of the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into this world, I want to seize this opportunity to preach Christ to you. I want once more to explain to you why he came, what he did, where he is now, and what he is doing.


Let me talk to you for a few minutes about Our All-glorious Savior. In this chapter the Apostle John, writing by divine inspiration, tells us exactly who he is. We will begin in John 1:1.


I.      The Eternal God (vv. 1-2)


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)


II.   The Divine Creator (v. 3)


“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)


“ 16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17)


 “1 Ά God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

” (Hebrews 1:1-3)


III.           Life—Eternal Life (v. 4)


“  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)


(1 John 1:1-3)  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; {2} (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) {3} That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.


 “  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)


IV.            The Light of Men—The Light of Life (vv. 4-13)


“ 4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 Ά And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:4-5)


“ 6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.” (John 1:6-8)


“  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)


“ 10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:10-13)


V.   The God Man—The Man God (vv. 14-18)


“ 14  And the Word was made 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. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:14-18)


 “  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)


VI.            The Lamb of God (vv. 29-39)


“29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  30  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  31  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  32  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  33  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  34  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.  35  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;  36  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.  38  Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?  39  He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.” (John 1:29-39)


·        Typified

·        Prophesied

·        Identified

·        Crucified

·        Glorified


VII.        The Messiah—The Hope of Israel (vv. 40-46)


“ 40  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  41  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.  42  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. 43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.  44  Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  45  Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.  46  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.” (John 1:40-46)


 “It is my sweetest comfort, Lord,

And will forever be,

To muse upon the gracious truth

Of Thy humanity.


Oh joy! There sitteth in our flesh

Upon the throne of light,

One of human mother born,

In perfect Godhead bright!


Though earth's foundations should be moved

Down to their lowest deep,

Though all the trembling universe

Into destruction sweep -


Forever God, forever man,

My Jesus shall endure;

And fixed on Him my hope remains

Eternally secure!”