He wanted people to know that the King was about to appear and that His coming demanded a moral renewal. “I have what you need.” The cave people peered through the darkness at the figure of the stranger. This is not just an historical observation; it’s a profound theological statement. And the reason we reject Him is because we want to. To believe means to engage our total being so that we put our trust completely in Christ by committing our lives to Him.
He urged people to repent and his primary responsibility was to be a witness to the light. He was stacking something, then stooping and stacking more. While some people seem to be sincere seekers of Christ, the Bible says that most of us are looking to be rid of Him. It involves more than just intellectual assent or an emotional response.
He was the forerunner to Jesus and helped prepare the way for people to see Jesus for who He really was. And when Jesus finally arrived, they didn’t receive Him because they didn’t want to.
He was the conduit, if you will, to bring the power of the light to those blinded by darkness. To not receive means, “to reject.” Instead of welcoming Him home they drove Him away.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
” John’s gospel begins with a prologue that will give us some clues about the identity of the baby in the manger.
The word, “understood” means “to lay hold of, to seize or grasp.” Something can be seized either for hostile purposes, or in order to possess it. The darkness cannot ultimately put out the light because light is more powerful than darkness. “I have what you need.” With that he turned to the pile at his feet and lit it. They should have known better because they knew He was coming.Jesus was not only in the closest possible fellowship with God, the “Word was God.” We don’t have time this morning to explore the majestic intricacies of the doctrine of the Trinity, but suffice it to say that Jesus is not a creation of God, but is God Himself. We see in John 1:3 that Christ is also the Creator: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” This verse brings back the truth we learned in Colossians -17: “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. The infant is infinite, Christ is the Creator, and thirdly, the Lord is life and light. “It is warmer.” The stranger turned to see a figure slowly stepping toward the fire. “I can see.” “Come closer,” invited the fire builder. They didn’t seem to have a clue that it was Christmas Eve, and if they did, they didn’t seem to care.John 1:2 summarizes and repeats verse 1 in order to make sure we grasp the magnitude of this truth: “He was with God in the beginning.” The Infant is Infinite. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Jesus is both the creator and sustainer of all things. Look at John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. As he stepped over people who had passed out on the sidewalk, he thought to himself, “What a strange way to celebrate the birth of the most perfect Person who ever lived on this earth.John 1:1-13 When The Infinite Became An Infant Brian Bill on Apr 15, 2003 Summary: As the living Word, Jesus was with God in the beginning. These two gospels give us insight into the birth of Jesus and provide much of what we know about the first Christmas. While the Gospel of Mark picks up the life of Jesus when He is a grown man, the Gospel of John actually begins much earlier than even the accounts of Matthew and Luke.He created all things and is the light of the world, and yet was not received warmly by those who should have welcomed Him with open arms. John tells us what Jesus did before He ended up in the manger as He takes us back to the beginning, to show us that He had no beginning.The fact of the matter is that Jesus Christ has always existed according to John 1:1-2: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning.” Jesus is before the beginning of time as He said in John : “Before Abraham was born, I am.” He is eternal, or infinite because He has always existed.The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave 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.” The Reality of Jesus 1. For many years I thought that Jesus got his start when He was born.