Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:26-27
Text: John 1:10-14
Prop: An overnight delivery package.
Summary: God delivered his own Son, the baby Jesus, at just the right time. This explains the incarnation.
Have you ever received an overnight package?([Show prop.) The sender feels that the item being delivered is so important that it needs a special delivery. It is important to deliver it on time. Today I want to tell you about the time God sent the baby Jesus into the world at just the right time.
No one is certain exactly what day of the year Jesus was born. We celebrate his birth on Christmas Day, December 25th. God had been preparing for hundreds of years to send his Son into the world. He sent an angel to tell Mary that she would be the mother. Then, at exactly the right time since the world began, God sent the world a gift as a special delivery: the baby Jesus.
(Read John 1:14.) God became incarnate. That is a big word that means God came as a man, yet that man was still God. God knew the best way for us to love and trust him was to become like us, to come into the world the way we do, as a baby. Some people think this is the real meaning of Christmas, but it isn’t. Some people totally miss the real meaning of Christmas. Think about this: if a gift package was delivered to you would it do any good to leave it lying on the doorstep? No, of course not. A gift is not a gift until it is accepted and received. You would have to sign for the package and open it to see what was inside.
(Read John 1:12.) It is only those persons that receive Jesus in their hearts and believe on his name by faith that become the sons of God (and daughters of God). That is called being born again. The real meaning of Christmas is not simply God being with us, but God living within us. Christ in you, the hope of glory is the great mystery at last made known, at just the right time.
Dear God: Thank you for sending the baby Jesus into the world at just the right time. Help me to open my heart and receive him as my own special delivery. Amen.
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