Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… Can you really ever know a person? Is it possible to really know someone until you know all that makes up a person?
If you said you know Albert Einstein but all you knew was he worked as a patent clerk in an office in Switzerland, would it be true to say you really knew who he was? Similarly, if you said you know Jesus Christ but only know Him as a famous religious figure revered and reviled by many, would it be true to say you really knew Him as Saviour?
If anyone is to really know the true Christ of Christmas, surely it would be important to be exposed to Him from various angles. Like a diamond, it can only be fully appreciated when you view its many facets.
What can we discover about Jesus when looking at the differing facets of His character and purpose? We will more fully appreciate His significant identity, by being exposed to the varying truths about Jesus’ purpose for coming that first Christmas so many years ago.
John’s Gospel describes the Christ of Christmas in four passages.
In John 1: 1-14 Jesus describes Himself:
When you think of the Word of God you think of the Scriptures. Jesus is God’s final revelation of Himself: the personification of the written and spoken Word of God. God’s purest revelation of Himself, “became flesh” (John 1:14).
John’s point is the Word is of the same character and essence of God. Why is this important? If we’re not certain of this truth, who Jesus really is, there is no sense moving forward to discover what He has done for us.
In John 1:4-5 and John 8:12 the Christ of Christmas is described:
We’ll save John’s two more exposures to the Christ of Christmas in next week’s email:
- As the BREAD who came to SATISFY (John 6:25-40).
- As the DOOR who came to SAVE (John 10: 9-10).
My prayer is that we’ll come alongside spiritual orphans this Christmas season letting them know that Jesus is the Word, the Light, the Bread and the Door who can:
SPEAK… SHINE… SATISFY… and SAVE!
The Christ of Christmas was placed in a cradle with the sole purpose of being put on a cross at Calvary. The cradle is inseparably linked to the cross. Let’s make sure that Calvary’s Cross is not a forgotten “tree” this Christmas.
Have a blessed week,