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09/12/10 Word of Life Revealed!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, September 13, 2010 Under: Sermon

Text: 1 John 1:1-5 (HCSB)

1)What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed, and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life – 2) that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us – 3) what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4) We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5) Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.”

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (KJV)

Word: in the Greek log’ – os

Intro: What did it feel like when you saw your child take its first step? You witnessed a miracle. There are many experiencing we have that are worthy of getting excited over and telling everyone. The Apostle

John had witness the glory of God and wanted everyone to know. John jumps right into the great subject he wants to cover. There is no greeting and no salutation. What he has to say is of unparalleled importance; he must get right to the point: God's Son has come to earth. God is not living off in outer space someplace like so many people think and say; God has not forgotten the earth. God is not unconcerned and disinterested in the world. The very opposite is true. God loves and cares for us and He has proven it in the most supreme way possible: God has sent His Son into the world. This is the glorious testimony of John: God's Son has come into the world and His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

1. Jesus Christ has always existed (v.1).
2. Jesus Christ has proven who He is (v.1).
3. Jesus Christ has revealed who He is: the Word of Life (v.1-2).
4. Jesus Christ came to earth for the most glorious purpose (v.3-4).
5. Jesus Christ preached the most wonderful message (v.5).

God reveals Himself as the word of life, He gives life to man, He brings into a dark world a light that only can be seen through a relationship with Jesus Christ and then He blesses us with a genuine Love.

1. God Brought Light into this World: “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.”

Jesus Christ has always existed. This is what is meant by the words "that which was from the beginning." Jesus Christ was existing before the world was ever created. He was living and had always been living. He possessed life - the energy, the force, the power of life. He was the very being and essence of life, the very embodiment of life. Life was wrapped up in Him, for He was the very energy and force of life itself.

God is light by nature and character. Light is what God is within Himself, within His being, essence, nature, and character. God dwells in the splendor, glory, and brilliance of light. Wherever He is, the splendor, glory, and brilliance of light shines out of His being. In fact, there is not even a need for the sun when God's glory is present. The glory of His presence just beams forth the most brilliant light imaginable, so brilliant and glorious that it would consume human flesh.

“And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.” Revelation 21:23 (NLT)

God is light in that He reveals the light of all things, the truth of all things.

- Jesus, the Light, tells us that God is holy, righteous, and pure.
- Jesus, the Light, reveals, that God loves and cares for man and wants man to love and care for Him.
- Jesus, the Light, guides. His light allows a man to walk out of darkness. Man no longer has to grope, grasp, and stumble about trying to find his way through life. The path of life can now be clearly seen.
- Jesus, the Light, does away with darkness and with chaos. Jesus Christ is the Light that can save man from chaos.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1 (KJV)

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (KJV)

“I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness.” John 12:46 (HCSB)

God brought light into this world and through that light we can experience life.

2. God Brings Life into Man: “That life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.”

A person will never see and understand who Christ is by just glancing at Him. If a person wants to know Christ, he has to look intensely and seriously; he has to seek to understand if Christ really is who John and other believers claim He is.

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (HCSB)

Jesus Christ was the Word of life who came to earth to show us that the very energy, force, power, and essence of life is in God and in God alone. Therefore, if a person wants life, he must trust and depend upon God for life. For life in all of its energy and force and being exists only in God.

Jesus Christ manifested or revealed the life to us. That is, He came to earth and showed us the life that was in Him. He showed us what life is ...

One of the great needs of man is a Word from God – a Word that tells us the truth about God and about life – who we are, why we are here, and where we are going.

The point is this. Jesus Christ revealed who He was; He came to earth and showed us life – showed us that life is in God and in God alone. Therefore, if man wants to really live, he has to put his life into the hands of God, for life exists only in God. God alone can give man life.

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” John 5:24 (NLT)

Through the light God has revealed to us and the life we can experience God blesses us with Love.

3. God Blesses us with Love: “We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”

John and the early believers heard the Son of God. The Son of God actually partook of flesh and blood and became a man and spoke to men. They heard Him teach and share the glorious news that God loves man, that man can be delivered from sin and death and live forever with God. The twelve apostles and thousands of others not only heard about Him, they actually heard Him proclaim the words of life. They heard Him deal with individuals and heard Him teach audiences of thousands. They themselves spoke to Him and heard Him speak to them. For three years John and the apostles and many others were in constant conversation with Him, listening and hanging on to every word He said.

Let’s keep this scripture simple, the joy we can have only comes to us by way of the Love God offers us.

Jesus Christ came that men might have fellowship with God and with His Son Jesus Christ and with one another. This is the most wonderful declaration, for it means that God is not far off in outer space someplace. God is not disinterested and uncaring about what happens to man. God has not left us to fend for ourselves upon earth with nothing but death and the grave to look forward to. The very opposite is true: God has revealed Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ and has shown us that He deeply loves and cares for us and that He wants to fellowship with us. Imagine! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to show us that we can know God personally and fellowship with Him. We can actually fellowship with God ...

Let me give you the WE CANS:

We can become acceptable to Him, relate to Him and talk and share with Him, we can have Him walk with us throughout the day, looking after and caring for us step by step. We can cast our problems upon Him, trust Him to help us in meeting our needs, ask Him for strength to conquer the trials and temptations of life. We can know that He will constantly give us a life of love, joy, and peace. We can know that He will deliver us from sin and death and give us life eternal; we can depend upon Him for righteousness so that we can be acceptable to Him. We can know both God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, know them personally just like all the above describes.

And we can experience fullness of life with all other believers who truly give their lives to follow Christ. We can all have fellowship together, the kind of fellowship that exists within the greatest of all families – the family of God Himself.

Jesus Christ came that our joy might be full!
John 3:16 (KJV)

Conclusion: The Son of God has come to earth! The basic fact is that He has always existed and the scripture reveals to us this clear proof that man heard, saw, looked upon, and handled the Son of God. This is a most glorious revelation; He manifested Himself, revealed the life to us. He identified with man, gave man the opportunity to see Him. His soul purpose was that we might have fellowship together and that our Joy might be full. The most wonderful message – God is light and that there is no darkness in God!

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:31-32

The word of life has been revealed and mankind has had the opportunity to see its glory to experience its light and receive the blessing of love!

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