Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Current Study: People Who Made a Difference
Today’s Topic: The Big News
Today’s Scripture: John 1:1-4, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.” Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.” He totally missed the big news–man had flown!
How many people will miss the big news this year. They will focus on family coming home for the holidays, the meals they will share, and the gifts they will exchange. But they will miss the big news – God became man and dwelt among us, revealing the glory of God by bringing grace and truth to us. Jesus, the Word, who created all things, became flesh so that His life would be the light of men. But far too many don’t see Him. Far too many don’t understand that He is real, and that until they meet Him they are not. They may exist, but they do not really live. They are without hope in an increasingly hopeless world. They are without true light in a dark world, and every light they think will work doesn’t. The darkness has overwhelmed them.
Even their attempts to understand God and His Word are tainted by the premise of pride. You see, even when they try to see God they can’t, because their eyes have been blinded by their own will. If you want an example of this, check out this article from this week’s Newsweek Magazine. www.newsweek.com/id/172653/output/print. In an attempt to make news, they have missed the real news. Jesus, the perfect representation and manifestation of God, came to save us from our sin and give us the gift of eternal life. He stepped out of eternity and became real to us.
Little Jimmy is four. His dad is in Iraq. He hasn’t seen him for over a year. He’s forgotten what it’s like to be swooped up in his dad’s arms and embraced in a giant hug. All he sees is a picture on the table in the kitchen. One day he says to his mother, “If only dad could step out of that picture and be real….”
Christmas means that in a sad day of sin when man had almost forgotten God, He stepped into the world in the form of His Son. He became flesh to identify with us. He became our sin to make it possible for us to identify with Him. And to all who receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13)
I know the season is busy. I understand the rush. But don’t miss the big news. And don’t miss the opportunity to share it. Some will not understand. But there will be those who are ready to listen. Just ask Angel, Dwayne, and Donna – three people who heard the message on Sunday and came forward to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. They didn’t miss the big news.