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John 1:16-18

 

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 

 For the law was given through Moses,

But God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God.

But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. 

 

 

We are quickly approaching the end of the 12 days of Christmas.  As we prepare to arrive at January 6, it is prudent to examine exactly what God has done through this Christmas season.  The gospel of John has chosen to not discuss the details of the manger, the stable, Joseph and Mary, King Herod, or the wise men.  The gospels of Luke and Matthew handle all of these details, which is why it is so important that we recognize that the Bible is a canon.  We must read God's Word, in its entirety, if we intend to understand its full meaning.  Today, our Scripture deals with something that all of us know, but rarely spend time appreciating its full impact.  Grace is evident in the Old Testament.  Grace is revealed, in flesh, through the birth of Jesus, God's only Son in the New Testament.  This is why the beginning of John's gospel attaches a title to Jesus that we really haven't heard before.  John uses the Greek word "logos" as a new pronoun for Christ.  "Logos" in the Greek, literally means "Word."  For all of us, God has made His "Word" live, right before our eyes.  Another very important fact is that God, through John, acknowledges the Old Testament and its value.  God does this by explaining that the law was given to Moses.  This lets us know that in the 21st century, the law is still the law.  We should obey it.  God upgrades, if you will,  to "Law version 2.0," in the New Testament.  This means, like any computer program update, that anything that needs to be clarified or changed in Jesus, is and has been done in the New Testament.  All the rest of "the program" is still in force and should be utilized to the fullest extent.   The "2.0 version" is summed up in our Scripture, by God proclaiming  that His unfailing love and faithfulness has come through Jesus Christ.  Next, John makes a very important statement.  John says, "No one has ever seen God."  Yes, today John and I are "Captain Obvious!"  Why in the world would John say such a thing?  Easy answer, if you think about it for a minute.  In many different ways, lots of "false prophets" would have you believe they have "seen God."  A popular religious figure that used to call Central Florida home, actually wrote a book and included a full chapter about his face-to-face visit with God, in the flesh.  John needed to say this.  We need to listen so as not to be deceived by Satan.  John concludes the Scripture today by saying that if we want to see God revealed, the only place to look is Jesus.  The closest thing we are going to experience in the revealing of God, this side of heaven, is Jesus Christ.  Jesus gives all of us a glimpse of God's heart.  We often proclaim that God is love.  He is, but we only know that for sure, in the manifestation of God in Jesus.  So today, bask in God's glory which is Jesus Christ.  Turn to Christ to show you God, in the flesh.  Don't listen to false prophets or doctrines that are nothing but self-serving.   Following these "man-made lies" will cause you to be eternally deceived and lost.  Instead, if you turn to Jesus Christ and embrace Him as your personal Savior, God promises you that He will be revealed to you, today and always.