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Let's go back to John chapter 1 and talk a little bit about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, back to John chapter 1. I think this year we've received fewer Christmas cards than any other year. Are you having that experience? And I just don't...people aren't sending as many Christmas cards, but the ones that they do send are two kinds, pictures of their kids, pictures of family, which are great and wonderful, and pictures of shepherds and wise men and mangers and stars and angels and all of that, right? I mean, that's pretty much...we could separate them, the people go over here, the manger scenes go over here and that seems to be the current theme. And you might even wonder if the Christmas story could even be told without those very familiar elements. Would...what would the Christmas story be with no stable, no manger, no Joseph, no Mary, no Bethlehem, no shepherds, no angels, no star, no wise men and no baby? What would the Christmas story be?

It would be John's account of the Christmas story. I read it, fourteen verses, no Joseph, no Mary, no Bethlehem, no manger, no stable, no shepherds, no wise men, no star, no angels and no baby. But this is not any less the story. And if you think you can't tell the story without those features, you're wrong because that's exactly what John does here. One line from the text that I read you stands out and I want us to look at that line, it's in the last verse, verse 14, and here is the story in four words...four words in English, four words in Greek, "The Word Became Flesh." The Word became flesh. That is the most profound truth of all truth. That's why we celebrate Christmas. Not because of the physical features of a stable and a manger and a star and a young couple and shepherds and wise men, they all participate, of course, in the physical historical features of the birth of Christ. But the real story is the Word became Flesh. And John is an absolute master at an economy of words, saying things that are vast and incomprehensible in very simple terms, so simple that a child can understand them and the wisest of the wise cannot plumb the full depth of them. The Word became Flesh....

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