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Accept God's Promised Savior John 1:1-18 Dec. 23, 2007

    What a beautiful lesson for this Christmas season.  Some of the most profound words of scripture occur in this text.  Most of these words are only one syllable words?  It surprised me to recognize such edifying thought about God could be presented in such a simple manner.  Let me suggest you take your little child or grandchild to this passage and have them read.  You will both be surprised.  In fact most of the Gospel of John is simple to read.  The Gospel is a “whosoever gospel”, so all may Accept God’s Promised Savior

1. Accept The . . Preexistence Of God's Promised Savior . . 1:1-3

A. Preexistence Through His . . Eternal Being. 1:1-2
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.

B. Preexistence Through His . . Enormous Creation. 1:3
3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.

Jesus preexisted before He became the child of Mary. On a few occasions an adult church member expressed to me their surprise at that fact. Jesus is eternal, He is not a created being, but created everything that exist in His enormous creation. For some that is too much truth to receive because their concepts of God is too small.

2. Accept The . . Power Of God's Promised Savior . . 1:4-5

A. The Power Of , , Life. 1:4
4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.

B. The Power Of , , Light. 1:5
5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

    Who possesses the power of life?  The Lord does, but many times we focus too much on the physical and not enough on spiritual.  Many people live without the spiritual life Christ gives, and if they receive His Life the physical existence completely changes.  This kind of life brings light, and darkness cannot overcome it.  Of course the Bible likens sin to darkness and light to godliness.

3. Accept The . . Preparation For God's Promised Savior . . 1:6-9

A. Preparation Through The . . Testimony Of The Prophet. 1:6-7
6 There was a man named John who was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.

B. Preparation Through The . . Teaching Of The Prophet. 1:8-9
    8 He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

    God designed a plan for the revelation of His promised Savior. He prophesied many years earlier that a forerunner would give testimony as a witness so, "all might believe." This forerunner was John the Baptist, and he taught many about the coming Messiah.

4. Accept The . . Privileges Of Receiving God's Promised Savior . . 1:10-13

A. The Privilege Of . . Recognizing Him. 1:10
    10 He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him.

B. The Privilege Of . . Receiving Him. 1:11-12
    11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.12 But to all who did receive Him, He
gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,

C. The Privilege Of . . Rebirth Through Him. 1:13
    13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

    Do you recognize the privileges believers receive through Christ. We recognize Him as the Son of God, take Him into our lives, and through that receive the new birth. How sad to note that Jesus came to His own people but they did not receive Him. Did they want Him on there terms, or an act of their will? Salvation is not, "of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God." God designed the plan. We may receive His invitation, sad so many reject.

5. Accept The . . Predominance Of God's Promised Savior . . 1:14-18

A. Predominance In The . . Glory. 1:14
14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

B. Predominance In The . . Glorified. 1:15
15 (John testified concerning Him and exclaimed,"This was the One of whom I said,'The One coming
after me has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'")
C. Predominance In The . . Grace. 1:16-17
16 Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness,17 for although the law was given
through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

D. Predominance Of In The . . Glorification. 1:18
18 No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son--the One who is at the Father's side--He has revealed Him. HCSB

    If we know the Lord as our personal Savior we should recognize His predominance in everything. In verse 14 Jesus is predominate in a display of God's glory. In verse 15 John glorifies Jesus as the predominate One. Grace is predominate through Jesus in verses 16-17.
In verse 18 the perception of the Father is revealed predominately through the earthly example and manifestations brought through Christ's life. What an enormous privilege to, Accept God's Promised Savior.