December 17, 2017: SOAP #2936:  2Peter 1-3; John 1 Scripture:  John (NIV) 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only [...]

December 17, 2017: SOAP #2936:  2Peter 1-3; John 1

Scripture:  John (NIV) 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

Observation:   John ignores all the interesting facts about the birth of Jesus which can be read in Matthew and Luke.   He goes to the heart of the matter.   Here is the true meaning of our Christmas celebrations.   Yes, He was born in a manger.   Yes, the angels announced His birth to shepherds.   Yes, He was born in Bethlehem.   Yes, He was born of a virgin.   All important facts concerning His birth.   But the most important factthe identity of this baby in the manger!

He is 'the true light that gives light to every man!'   His 'life is the light of men.'   He is the way, the truth, and the life!   The Creator of all was entering the stream of human life as a baby!

Application:   What a great reason I have to celebrate Christmas.   I must not let other things outshine the true reason.   I must remember it is CHRISTmas.   It is all about Him!

Prayer:     Lord Jesus, Your coming to earth is definitely something to celebrate.   Holy Spirit, help me to keep the main thing, the main thing this CHRISTmas season. Amen

Pastor Leon
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