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Pastor Shane Ham : The Gift Of Meaning

All Yule Need · 35:42 · Recorded December 4, 2022

“The logos” = The reason I exist, or what I live for.

John 1:1–4, 14 (NIV84) 1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that
has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men… 14 The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son, who came from the father, full of grace and truth.

Ephesians 1:3-5 (NIV) Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

Colossians 1:15–20 (NIV84) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or
rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

Self-discovery:

• When do I go to God most?

• Is he the “main course” of my life or just a “side dish”?

• Is he “the end” or just the “means to the end”?

 

When your “logos” is God:

 

1. There’s a reordering.

You can’t know the absolute God if you “absolutize” anything else but God.

 

2. There’s a relinquishing.

Philippians 3:10 (NIV84) I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…

 

3. There’s a rejoicing.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV) 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Mark 10:29-30 (NIV) …no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (…and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.

Talk It Over

Reread the passage from John 1 (or even all of it up to verse 18) and answer these questions:

  • Why does this Gospel begin “In the beginning” instead of at Jesus’ birth?
  • What facts about “The Word” can you find in this passage?
  • Who or what fails to comprehend the light?

As you see Christ as pre-existent and creative, does that change your perspective of him in some way?

Have you stopped noticing the wonder of Christmas, as Shane talked about? Has it become about the coziness and the gifts and the festivities? What will you do differently this year to put proper emphasis on the manger and the cross? How will you honor the baby whose purpose on earth was death, so you don’t have to die?

Review Colossians 1:15-20. The “firstborn” has the rights of an heir. What rights does Jesus have (v. 15-18)? What is his relationship to “all things”? Why did John emphasize this? What is his relationship to God and the church? What does “fullness” imply? Why did all things need to be reconciled to God (v.20)?

Parents: Talk with your kids about “keeping Christ in Christmas”. Help them understand that the gifts, parties, and fun are all good, but Jesus is the real reason we celebrate and that’s even better! The gifts he gives us really make a difference – peace, love, hope, joy, and eternal life with him!

  • Joy To The World

  • Hope Of The Ages

  • As I Wait

  • O Come O Come Emmanuel

  • Hark

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