The Divine Word
What do you think of Jesus Christ? Who is he? According to Christianity this is the most important question you or anyone else will ever have to face. It is important because it is inescapable – you will have to answer it sooner or later, in this world or in the world to come – and because the quality of your life here and your eternal destiny depend upon your answer. Who is Jesus Christ? If he was only a man, then you can safely forget him. If he is God, as he claimed to be, and as all Christians believe, then you should yield your life to him. You should worship and serve him faithfully.
If you are one who has never answered this question personally or if you have assumed (perhaps without much investigation) that Jesus was only a man, then the opening of John’s Gospel was written particularly for you. It was written for those who do not yet believe that Jesus Christ is God, to lead them to that conclusion.
This Second Sunday of Advent we continue looking to ‘The Promise’ of Christmas. Chad will open our study in the Gospel of John as he considers the deity of Jesus Christ in John 1:1-3. What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is God? What is a theology of Christmas?
C. S. Lewis, in his lovely Chronicles of Narnia, offers for us a brief Christmas meditation. Of course, The Chronicles are his wonderfully captivating children’s story of a Christ figure, Aslan. In the Last Battle he offers a gripping account of the children inside a stable:
Tirian looked round again and could hardly believe his eyes. There was the blue sky overhead, and grassy country spreading as far as he could see in every direction, and his new friends all round him laughing.
“It seems, then,” said Tirian, smiling himself, “that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places.”
“Yes,” said the Lord Digory. “Its inside is bigger than its outside.”
“Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.” It was the first time she had spoken, and from the thrill in her voice, Tirian now knew why. She was drinking everything in even more deeply than the others. She had been too happy to speak.
Join us this Lord’s Day as we begin a journey into a stable that ‘once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.’ This is a wonderful time to bring someone along with you to hear the good news of ‘The Promise.’
God rest ye merry, ladies and gentlemen.
Grace upon Grace,