The last time Christmas was on a Sunday, I preached a message at the Metropolitan Bible Church on The Word as Lamb. The passage of Scripture we studied was from the first chapter of John’s gospel.
When you think of “Christmas chapters” in the Bible, John 1 is not usually the first to come to mind. Matthew 1 or Luke 2 are more familiar. But John 1 helps us understand Christmas in a deeper, fuller way. It speaks of the majestic mystery of the incarnation: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (1:14). It also points to Jesus as “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (1:29).
So John 1 is not only a Christmas text, it’s also a Good Friday passage. It points to the reason Jesus came to earth–to die for our sins and provide forgiveness for all who “believe in his name” (1:12).
Here’s the sermon from Christmas Sunday, 2011.
We finished the service with this beautiful song from Andrew Peterson: Behold the Lamb of God.