I will answer three questions: When, How and Why It's all about YOU
And then I will pose the same three questions about Jesus of Nazareth
A. When? When did you start? And the answer is........?
B. Second question. How did you start? There was a moment in time when two cells united.
C.. Why did you start? Why are you here tonight?
A. When did Jesus Christ of Nazareth start?
The Bible has an answer that is tied t the origin of the universe itself. Our top mathematicians have shown how the entire universe was all in one place, so smalll and so dense that our minds can't understand it....no energy, no matter.
It could not start itself--there had to be "first cause." This cause had to have at least three qualities: timeless, matterless (spiritual, and immensely powerful. And a fourth quality added by some brave scientists: limitlessly intelligent.
The Bible says Jesus Christ was that timeless, matterless, immensely powerful, supremely intelligent first cause of the universe.
John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made."
Jesus was there from the beginning. The same disciple said:
John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
B. That brings us to the How question
How did Jesus start?
Matt 1:18 "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit."
No! Come on - that takes believing. Yes it does. If a timeless, matterless, all powerful, supremely intelligent God could be the first cause of all that the strongest telescope can see--it isn't very hard to add that He can make a baby by a supernatural creataive act. The How of Jesus Christ was the only God-man combination ever.
Listen carefully now. Why did Jesus lay aside the omnipotence of divinity to come live here? LOVE. God entered into the human experience so that as a man, He could tell us in human language and with many acts of human kindness, that God wants us to know Him and live with Him after we die. Jesus came to earth on a Love mission.
D. Why Are You In The World?
Why are you a thinking, feeling, rational, emotional being? What is the purpose of your life?
God supervised the how of your conception, your DNA, and the personality you have, and your talents, and the when of you with a tailor-made plan for your life: God made you to be known by you even as you are known by Him.
Your life matters!
It matters not only for this world, but for all eternity future. You are a precious, unique created being that bears a stamp from God inside you. There is a space inside you only God can fill. God made you for a relationship with Himself.
Why do you have a body? So you can relate to the physical world.
Why do you have a secret yearning inside you to know completeness and fulfillment? So you ca relate to the One who created you.
Why do you have a mind? So you can seek Him and find Him and pray to Him and hear from Him and read more about Him in the Bible.
You are here by a sacred design. This message is the best Christmas present I can give you.