December 23, 2018: SOAP #3307:   John 15-18 Scripture:  John (NIV) 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. 23 I in them and you in […]

December 23, 2018: SOAP #3307:   John 15-18

Scripture:  John (NIV) 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Observation:   In these passages, the One born in a stable and laid in a manger speaks of His pre-existence.   He speaks of the glory He had before the world began.   He speaks of the love the Father had for Him before the creation of the world.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of no ordinary person!

Application: As I pause to celebrate Christmas, the most logical parts are the involvement of angels and the star that led the magi from the East.   What else would I expect; God was entering the stream of humanity?

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, continue to remind me that Jesus is so much more than the baby pictures we are shown every year.   Show me ways I can honor Jesus for who He really is!  Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!