December 21, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
When God gave us His Christmas present in the form of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, without question He gave us a greater gift than we could have ever imagined or wanted. Today, we will take a look at the opening of John’s glorious gospel. Unlike the other gospel writers, God was not concerned so much about the
where and the when of Christmas as he was the who and the why of Christmas. John assumed the reality of the manger, but he wanted us to understand the revelation of the manger.
When you compare John to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you will discover quickly that John was not the broadest writer, but he was definitely the deepest. You read nothing in John's gospel about the birth of Jesus. You do not read about the manger, the angels, the shepherds, nor Bethlehem. John does not talk about the baptism of Jesus; the temptation of Jesus. You read nothing about the garden of Gethsemane. Not one of the thirty-nine parables that Jesus told are found in John’s gospel.
In the chosen five short verses of sixty-five words, John gives us enough truth and enough theology about the person of the Lord Jesus Christ to fill up five books and 65,000 words. Someone has well said about this passage: “Never has so much been said in so few words.”
Open your hearts and minds today as we truly discover the Christ of Christmas! Let God speak to you more now than ever before. I hope and pray this Christmas is the very best of all.
Merry Christmas, Pastor Jayson