Living in Light of the Incarnation
The intent of this series is to dig into the mystery of the incarnation. To look at how the HOPE of the Messiah could only be met by something that was greater than expected. How the power of the incarnation conquered the greatest power in the world and brought PEACE. How the LOVE of God manifested in the incarnation is both how we can find ourselves loved and find the motivation for loving others. How the glory of God, manifested in a man, becomes our JOY and changes us into worshippers.
A Light bright enough to shine back | HOPE | John 1.1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
A Light bright enough to outshine darkness | PEACE | John 1.4-5
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A light bright enough to provide warmth | LOVE | John 1.9-13
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
A light that still shines today | JOY | John 1.14-18
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
CHRISTMAS 2012 | Advent
HOPE: The Prophets and the Wise Men
LOVE: The Magnificant
PEACE: The Shepherds
JOY: The Host of Angels