JOHN 1: 1 - 14
INTRODUCTION: The Japanese have an interesting way of keeping track of the passage of time. Each time a new emperor takes the throne, the calendar starts all over again at “Year One.” For example, in 1990 Japan’s emperor Hirohito had been in power for 66 years, so it was year 66 on the Japanese calendar. That’s not true, of course, for Christianity. The coming of Jesus Christ signaled a break with the past. Even the calendar tells us that with the birth of Jesus Christ history started all over again. And yet there is a sense in which, because Christ has come into the world, this year is potentially “year one” for each of us – year of a new life, a new beginning, and a new creation.
I. A NEW YEAR OFFERS THE PROMISE OF STARTING OVER.
A. Some of us are “up to our ankles” – and we are in headfirst.
B. Few people escape the trials and tribulations of life.
II. CHRIST HAS COME INTO OUR DARK WORLD AND HAS BROUGHT HOPE.
A. This hope is built on more than a positive attitude and human ingenuity.
B. This hope is built on more than an expanding or declining economy.
C. This hope is built on a Person – a Person who cares.
III. CHRIST GIVES US THE RIGHT TO BE GOD’S CHILDREN.
A. He gives pressure within equal to pressure without.
B. He helps us cope with whatever we face in life.