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Pastor Steve Williams : A Birth of Hope

All Yule Need · 39:50 · Recorded December 11, 2022
 John 1:1, 4-5, 9-12, 14 (NIV) 1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God…4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God… 14 The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
 
 
Getting the point of Jesus’ “Incarnation”
 
 
1 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body…
 
 
 
1. His coming is for me personally!
 
Luke 2:11 (NAS) “Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
 
 
 
2. He took on my biggest problem – the “sin-death syndrome”.
 
Ezekiel 18:4 (NAS) “Behold, all souls are mine…The soul who sins will die.”
 
Romans 5:12 (NJB) Sin came into the world, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.
 
 
• Initially we die spiritually.
 
• Eventually we’ll die physically.
 
• Ultimately we die eternally.
 
 
Hebrews 2:14-15 (TLB) Since we, God’s children, are human beings—made of flesh and blood—he became flesh and blood too by being born in human form; for only as a human being could he die and in dying break the power of the devil who had the power of death. Only in that way could he deliver those who through fear of death have been living all their lives as slaves to constant dread.
 
 
 
3. He offers my greatest solution – the gift of eternal life.
 
Romans 6:23 (NIV) The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
John 5:24-25 (NIV) “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.”
 
 
• I get a “reborn” inner life.
  
Titus 2:13-14 (NIV) Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
 
• I have real confidence to handle death.
 
2 Timothy 1:10 (TLB) Our Savior Jesus Christ, who broke the power of death and showed us the way of everlasting life through trusting him.
 
 
• I’ve got a totally triumphant destiny!
 
Romans 8:37-39 (NIV) In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
 
Final Matters
 
• You matter to God, but does He matter to you?
• A matter of profound personal application & eternal implications!
 

Talk It Over

Consider the Apostle John’s words in John 1:5, The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. What images of the world’s “darkness” do you visualize? How has our world tried to “overcome” the light of Jesus? How well has that succeeded?

When you reflect on Jesus’ “Incarnation” (his leaving heaven to be born as a human), what thoughts and feelings does it prompt? What questions do you wonder about it?

If you take Jesus completely out of the picture as if he’d never been born, what assurances would you be able to have about facing your own or a loved one’s death? What would be the most comforting thought you’d be able to hold onto?

How would you say knowing Jesus and his gospel has equipped you to face your fears about life and death? How would you tell that to a friend whose doctor said he only had 6 months to live? What scripture verses would you choose to share with him or her?

What are two or three ideas about your eternal future that motivate, encourage or challenge you with your life today? Is there a “biggie” you’re facing you could use prayer from your small group about?

Parents: Take some time this week and reflect on the meaning of Christmas with your family. A fun way to do that together is to turn off the lights and read the Christmas story from Luke 1-2:38 by the light of the Christmas tree. Have a house with little ones? You could even use characters from a Nativity scene to act it out!

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