Dec 19, 2021. John 1:6-14

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ALL THAT A BABY IS. CHRISTMAS 2021. John 1:6-14. 12/19/2021.

John 1:6-14 [New King James Version]

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became 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.

  1. Jesus is eternally fully God
    1. Jesus is all that God is
    1. All the attributes of God are possessed by Jesus
      1.  Romans 1:20 he is omnipotent as part of the Godhead
      1.  Ephesians 3:21 he is all glorious
      1.  I Timothy 1:17 he is the eternal invisible immortal king
      1.  II Timothy 1:8-11 omniscient (knew Paul before beginning)
    1. As God, Jesus felt no pain, fatigue, thirst, hunger, cold, warmth, loneliness, needs, threats, limitations…
  2. As man, Jesus took on the limitations of man
    1. Philippians 2:8 though still fully God, Jesus laid aside his divine attributes (omniscience, glory, omnipresence, omnipotence…)
    1. As a baby, he needed others to take care of him
      1.  He needed to be fed, changed, kept warm, protected…
      1.  The God of the universe who had no needs, now had a multitude of needs
    1. Jesus experienced the limitations of being human
      1.  Luke 8:23 he needed to sleep
      1.  Matthew 4:2 he needed food
      1.  Matthew 2 he needed physical protection from Herod and others who attempted to harm him
      1.  Luke 22:43-44 he perspired in the Garden of Gethesemene, experiencing anxiety
      1.  John 19:34 he could bleed
      1.  John 8:40 he took on the title “Son of Man”
    1. Acts 2:22 Jesus was recognized as a man both before and after his resurrection (Jn. 20)
    1. What Jesus experienced as a man was unique to God
      1.  We know of nothing else but the human experience
      1.  The experience of limitations, pain, sleep, vulnerability, thirst, fatigue, hunger, and anxiety were new experiences for the Lord of the universe
  3. That we might be redeemed
    1. Romans 5:8 Jesus took on the entire human experience so that he might be the sacrifice for our sins, so that we may be given eternal life (John 3:16)
    1. The necessity of the Incarnation is laid out in Scripture:
      1.  Galatians 4:4-5 Jesus had to come “under the Law” so he might fulfill the Law, which we could not do
      1.  Hebrews 9:22 Jesus had on take on blood, so that he could shed blood to pay for our sins
      1.  Hebrews 10:5 Jesus had to have a body prepared for him that was not tainted with sin
      1.  1 Peter 1:19 the blood Jesus shed had to be untainted, untouched by sin, and pure before God the Father
    1. The baby in the manger, having been born in a stable according to a divine plan of love and grace from before the foundation of the world is God’s gift to us for all eternity
    1. The power and depth of God’s love deserves, demands, and expects a response of devotion, worship, praise, and service