Advent Week 4 “Beholding the Promised Person” John 1:1-3,14


 

Advent Week 4 “Beholding the Promised Person” John 1:1-3,14

INTRO> The great joy of my life is being able to teach the scriptures and not jus teach them but teach them to you, West Side to a people that I love. Each week I get to wrestle with the text, plead with God to show me his beauty. This week has been particularly difficult and beautiful. This is the most difficult passage and most beautiful passage I will ever teach on I believe. The great expository JC Ryle said,“I cannot close these notes on the opening verses of St. John’s Gospel without expressing my deep sense of the utter inability of any human commentator to enter fully into the vast and sublime truths which the passage contains. . . . I feel as if I had only faintly touched the surface of this passage. There is something here which nothing but the light of eternity will ever fully reveal.” Matthew Henery said that it was said that a Platonic philosopher mentioned “that these words are worthy to be written in gold.”

TRANS> So what am I as a pastor/communicator to do with this? Well I think John tells us in the passage. I like how the King Jimmy puts it, “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.” John 1:14 The word “beheld” means to look on with admiration, intent and beauty.

Big Idea> Christmas beckons us to behold the beauty of Jesus.

CONTEXT> I want to answer what makes Jesus beautiful? what does John show us that we we can behold? I will focus mainly on John 1:14 and we will just break it down.

  1. Behold: Jesus the eternal God. v1-3,14a
      • “And the Word…” To understand this word “Word” we need to jump up to v1-3. John is colliding two cultures together, The Hebrew’s and the Greek. The Word is λόγος or “Logos” The Hebrews understood it as how God created things, when he spoke when he spoke through profits, His Word.
      • The Greeks understood it as literally the thing that held the universe together, the thing that brought order to chaos. What the Force is to Star Ward, and “Ewaya” is in Avitar.

John is telling us two really important things about Jesus:

  1. Jesus existed before time. Just let that sink in…. when there was nothing, there wasn’t just something… but rather somone.
  2. Jesus co-existed with the Father. “and the word was with God” a lot of controversy over this… but you can’t remove the word “with” from the text. It literally means “face to face”. So what does this mean, there are two God’s? NO. One God three distinct persons. This is the foundation of the TRINITY (show Pic) One “what” three “who” J. C. Ryle, the truth of vs. 1-2, “honestly and impartially interpreted, is an unanswerable argument against three classes of heretics. It confutes the Arians, who regarded Christ as a Being inferior to God.—It confutes the Sabellians, who deny any distinction of Persons in the Trinity, and say that God sometimes manifested Himself as the Father, sometimes as the Son, and sometimes as the Spirit, and that the Father and the Spirit suffered on the cross!—Above all it confutes the Socinians and Unitarians who say that Jesus Christ was not God but man, a most holy and perfect man, but only a man.”

2) Behold: Jesus the visible God. v14b

      • “became flesh” the word “became” literally means “to walk onto stage”  and the word flesh mean the physicality of it.

APP> This is the foundation of christmas, the incarnation. Incarnation we mean that the eternal Word or second person of the Trinity became a man or assumed human flesh at a point in time, yet without ceasing to be God. “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’” John 14:9 Jesus is God’s selfie. “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,” Col 2:9

3) Behold: Jesus the approachable God. v14c

      • “ and dwelt among us” literally means “tabernacled among us, pitched a tint with us” This refers back to Exodus 33:7-11 The tent, far outside the city, to mediate with God.

*ILL> On Christmas Eve of WW1 there was a “Christmas Truce between the two warring countries. They sang songs and even retried the bodies of their friend. The place they went was called “no mans land” thats where the peace was found.

APP> Jesus Christ is where God and man meet. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 2:5 Through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirt we have an access to God that Mosses never had.

4) Behold: Jesus Christ the beautiful God.

      • “we have seen his glory, full of grace and truth.” There is so much more so understand here but time limits me, here we have the greatest balance ever. The most important word here is “and” for it joins them both together. Grace is a person. Truth is a person!

Big Idea> Christmas beckons us to behold the beauty of Jesus.

CLOSE>

“The Word became flesh / God became human / the invisible became visible / the untouchable became touchable / eternal life experienced temporal death / the transcendent one descended and drew near / the unlimited became limited / the infinite became finite / the immutable became mutable / the unbreakable became fragile /spirit became matter / eternity entered time / the independent became dependent / the almighty became weak / the loved became the hated / the exalted was humbled / glory was subjected to shame / fame turned into obscurity / from inexpressible joy to tears of unimaginable grief / from a throne to a cross / from ruler to being ruled / from power to weakness.” – Sam Storm

What does this mean?

      • You can know God.
      • You can know that you are known by God.
      • You can know you that you fully known and fully loved by God. (Grace & Truth)