The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Mass During the Day
1st Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10: All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
2nd Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6: God has spoken to us through his Son.
Gospel: John 1:1-18: The Word was made flesh, and lived among us.
This passage is one the summits of Scripture. In fact, it probably reaches the highest of human thought. What is thought that reaches the height of human concepts? It is this: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is …
· The Word of God
· The Creator of Life
· The Very Being and Essence of Life
These three truths have to be deeply thought about understand their meaning. However, the importance of the truth lie at the very foundation of life. They cannot be overstated for they determine a man’s destiny. If Jesus Christ is the Word of God, then people must hear and understand that Word or else be lost forever in ignorance of God Himself.
1. Christ is eternal (v.1-2)
2. Christ is the Creator (v.3)
a. Positive statement
b. Absolute statement
3. Christ is Life (v.4-5)
a. The source of light
b. The answer to darkness
1) Shines in darkness
2) Conquers darkness
Jesus the Light of the World: The Witness of John the Baptist, Jn 1:6-8
John the Baptist was a very special witness to Jesus Christ. John’s sole purpose on earth was to witness and to be testimony to the Light of the world. His purpose stands as dynamic example for every believer. The purpose of the believer is to bear the same witness as John: Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.
1. A man sent from God (v.6)
2. A man with a mission (v.7)
a. To bear witness
b. That men might believe
3. The man who was great, but was not the Light (v.8)
Jesus the Light of Men:
The Second Witness of John the Apostles, Jn 1:9-13
The world is in desperate straits. It is full of darkness-the darkness of sin and despair, of sickness and death, of corruption and heal. The darkness looms over the whole world. This is the problem dealt with in the present passage. There is a hope in Jesus Christ, for Christ is the true light, and light dispels darkness.
1. Christ was the Light (v.9)
a. The true Light
b. His mission: To give light to people
2. Christ was tragically rejected by the world (v.10-11)
a. He was in the world, but He was rejected
b. He came to His own people, but they rejected Him
3. Christ was wonderfully received by some (v.12-13)
a. How: By believing
b. Result: Became sons of God
c. The source of becoming a child of God: A new birth
1) Was not of man
2) Was of God
Jesus the Word Made Flesh:
The Third Witness of John the Apostle, Jn 1:14-18
“The Word became flesh”-God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, was made flesh and blood; He became a man. No greater message could ever be proclaimed to man.
1. Christ became flesh (v.14)
2. Proof 1: Christ dwelt visibly among us (v.14)
a. His glory was seen
b. Full of grace and truth
3. Proof 2: John the Baptist bore witness of the superiority of Christ (v.15)
4. Proof 3: Men have received the fullness and grace of Christ (v.16-17)
a. Not by law
b. By Jesus Christ
5. Proof 4: God’s Son alone has seen God (v.18)
Thought: The Word (logos) is Jesus Christ. John faced a serious problem in writing to the Gentiles, that is, the non-Jewish world. Most Gentiles had never heard of the Messiah or Saviour who was expected by the Jews. The idea was foreign to them. However, the Messiah was the very centre of Christianity. How was John going to present Christ so that a Gentile could understand?
The answer lay in the idea of the Word, for the Word was understood by both Gentiles and Jews.
The Word of God was seen as the creative power of God, the power that made the world and gave light and life to every man/woman (Gen 1:3, 6, 11; Ps 33:6; 107:20; 147:15; Is 55:11).
Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!