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. The Logos in relation to man (Part 2)

The Logos in relation to man (Part 2)

John 1:1-4 (ESV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

Introduction.

In the first part of this sermon we looked at the Logos being the life and light of men from the perspective of creation. He is not only the one who gave us the very life that we breathe from the beginning but He is the one who gives us spiritual life. It is only He that can give us the necessary light to believe in Him.

In this sermon we turn to two more thoughts with regards to the relation of the Logos to man. We will look at the Logos as the life and light of men from the perspective of redemption and then from the perspective of incarnation.

2. The Logos is the life and light of men from the perspective of redemption.

2.1 The life of men from the perspective of redemption.

He is not just the author of life and light originally, as far as creation is concerned but He is the only one who can restore to us what was lost by sin. The well-known verse in John 3:16 is an adequate reminder:  16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” When you think about redemption and you say Jesus is the life of men what you are saying is that only Jesus can deliver us from death. If you are in Jesus you have life, if you are in Jesus you have light. If you are not in Jesus you do not have life or light.

To say that Jesus is the life of men is to say that the world is right now in a condition of death. We naturally stand in need of life, spiritually dead, alienated from the Lord God, living but not alive, physically existing, but not experiencing the purpose for which men were originally made. We were made to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever and yet mankind living on this earth does not glorify God, they refuse to glorify God and they don’t enjoy God in fact they don’t know God.

That’s what we all were. Ephesians 2:1 (ESV) And you were dead in the trespasses and sins…” You were not half dead. You were not sick and you had not fallen over the edge of a cliff, but fortunately you found a branch to hang on, and am just waiting for Jesus to reach over to save you, so that you can make a choice if you will accept Him or not. No you are dead in trespasses and sin with nothing left in you to save yourself. Do you realize that only in Christ can a man live? Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV) “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—“ Only in Christ can you be taken out of that death position and be brought into a living position. It is only when the Spirit pours life into your spiritual being that you can see Jesus, hear Jesus and run to Jesus. 1 John 5:12 (ESV) 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

If you do not have life, what do you have? You’re still dead, morsdood, kaput! But, if you have Jesus this morning you have life. Now the question begs. What kind of life is this that you have in Jesus?

Firstly this is a life of reconciliation and fellowship.

Christ came to the world to reconcile man unto Himself. Man was created in fellowship with the Lord, walking with the Lord. When sin came there was a separation between man and God. To have life is to be reconciled to God, it is to be brought into a right relationship with God, it is to have acceptance with God, it is to have a real relationship with God, and it is to have fellowship with God, that’s life. If you do not have that kind of fellowship and relationship with God, you are dead. That is why Paul talks about the message of the Gospel as the message of reconciliation.

Secondly, it is a life of love.

Having this life means that you know the love of God, that you have His love poured out into your heart, that you are able to live in the love of God, that’s life. That is why Paul can say in Ephesians 3:14-18 (ESV)14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,”

Thirdly it is also the life of peace.

Having this life is knowledge that your sins have been forgiven, and knowledge that there is nothing standing between you and the Lord, that it has all been paid on the cross of Calvary, it is all forgiven, it has all been answered for by the blood of the Son of God. That’s life, knowing that you are forgiven. It is not only peace with God; it is the peace of God, because God is with you continuously. There is nowhere that you are where He isn’t. You know that He is near to you, that He hears you when you pray, that He accepts you, that He is ruling over your life. He is guiding your life; He is at work in your life. We know that He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him. That’s life. This peace is having your heart and mind set on God’s glory. If you really do enjoy the Lord, you will really want to please the Lord.

That’s life, and Jesus is the life of men. How do you go from death to life? Only through Jesus, and only in Jesus.

2.2  The light of men, from the perspective of redemption.

To say that the light is in Jesus is to say that everyone outside of Him is not in light, they are in darkness. Not only is it true to say that we live in a world full of dead men, we are living in a world with people living in darkness. Only in Jesus is there light for men. Apart from Him there is no light, only ignorance and arrogance that sin and death has brought to man. You realise that whatever spiritual understanding Adam and Eve had before the fall, it flowed from Christ. Jesus did not become the Word; He has always been the Logos. He is the one as we saw in a previous sermon who always revealed God to men.

So whatever light Adam and Eve had before the fall, that light came from the Word, that light came from the Son of God. It is from the Father, through the Son, applied by the Holy Spirit. This was before the fall, and whatever deliverance from spiritual death and spiritual darkness, whatever light of conscience, whatever light of understanding the sons of Adam have obtained since the fall, it all flows from Christ. It comes from Jesus who has always been the one who has made God known to men. So from the perspective of redemption Jesus is the life and that life is the light of men.

3. He is the life and light of men from the perspective of incarnation.

3.1 The life of men from the perspective of incarnation.

When Jesus came into this world He became the life and light of men. God’s life was seen, God’s life was beheld when you looked at the person of the Lord Jesus Christ when He walked on this earth. Remember how John describes it. 1 John 1:1-2 (ESV) “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—“

You see, the life that was found in God was made visible in Christ Jesus. John says, we saw it, we heard it, and our hands handled it. That is the very life that John says they proclaim. What you have in the Lord Jesus Christ is the manifestation of eternal life. What is eternal life? It is what you see in Jesus. Jesus became the life of men from the perspective of the visible expression of eternal life that men could see when He came into this world. So God’s life was seen in the person of the Lord Jesus.

3.2 The light of men from the perspective of incarnation.

Jesus was the light of the world. Hebrews 1:2-3 (ESV) 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”

It is an astounding thought that it is this very life and light that a person enters into when we come to know Him as Lord and Saviour. What kind of life and light is offered to men in Christ? It is the very life and light that we see in Him. Look at Ephesians 5:13-14 (ESV) 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

You want to know what kind of light and life is found in Christ Jesus. Read the gospels, look at the Son of God, watch what you see in His life, and listen to what He taught. This is what God brings you into. I trust that you are convinced this morning that He is the life and life of men. He is our life and light as our creator, He is our life and light as our Redeemer, and also as our model through the incarnation.

Practical consequences of understanding all this.

We must not underestimate the role of God in the imparting of life and light to men. That we can even think that we are the ones responsible for that is an arrogance that is deplorable. I cannot give life to men who are dead and I cannot give light to men who are in darkness. The key to seeing people saved is not due to some kind of arm-twisting on our part. We don’t face a world that is sick; we face a world that is dead. We don’t face a world that needs a little bit more information we face a world that is engulfed in blind darkness.

There is no light there, other than the light of conscience and nature. There is enough light to reveal God, but there is not enough light to save a man. In fact man has so been marred by sin, if he follows his own thinking, his own intuition, his own sense of things his light becomes darkness to him and leads him away from God. He comes to the wrong conclusions. He sees the evidence and there is some spark of light in there. He understands things an animal would not understand but his life is so marred by sin that his mind leads him to his own destruction. Let me give you an example.

Ill. I just read an interesting article a while ago where an anthropologist in Washington says the reason we have good eyes that can see near is all because of evolution and sparked because of the presence of venomous snakes. In the race between reptiles and mammals in evolution, reptiles were killing out mammals 60 million years ago. She was obviously there. To prevent extinction, mammals developed good eyes and a bigger brain. But watch out snakes are going to get us, because now they have developed the ability to camouflage themselves to counteract our good eyes. What are we going to develop next, snake detectors? (Full article as posted on www.news24.co.za posted below).

Let me give you one more example. I was watching National Geographic a few years ago when a professor claimed that whales are much better evolved than human beings, as they have adapted perfectly to their environment, do not make war and have a soul mate for life.  (Such a pity they commit suicide). He continues that we must not think that they do not understand man. He says that while we are studying them they have been studying us through our whole evolutionary cycle and have a better understanding of us than what we have of them.

That’s the effect of sin on the light of men. So we are facing a world that is dead and in darkness. That is why I am so saddened when churches want to put on a circus for people, to entertain them, gearing their services in such a way that they impress them. As if that has the power to take a man from death to life, from darkness to light. The only way men come out of death and out of darkness is through Jesus. The way He has ordained to take man out of death and darkness is the proclamation of His word and it is the Holy Spirit who through the proclamation of the word accomplishes that which only the Son of God can accomplish.

Do we understand the sinfulness of sin? If we are to measure the sinfulness of sin by the greatness of the one who had to come into the world to save us, then sin must indeed be abominable in the sight of God. Let everyone who names the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. Let us put away that which grieves the heart of God, let us put away that for which our Saviour had to die. The eternal God the creator and preserver of all things, He alone can deliver us from the sinfulness of sin.

If we look at ourselves there is no reason for hope, but if we look to Him who is the life and light of men in creation, in salvation, in His incarnation, then and then only there is hope. Church family, He is the eternal Word who was before time, through whom all things were made, who is the second person of the Triune God, who is my life and my light. We understand that He set His love on us, not because of anything we are but just because of the greatness of His grace. Now we can have joy, now we can rest in Him, now we understand that even in the times when we struggle, even in the times when we stumble, even in the times when we doubt there is a purpose and work in our lives and what the Lord has begun He will finish, and our Saviour will complete that work He began in us.

I have not been turned over just to anybody. I have been turned over to the one described in these first five verse of John. I have been put into the hands of the eternal Son of God and He will finish His work in me. Jesus is our life, Jesus is our light. He who made us gives us life, sustains our life, gives us the general understanding that we have from the natural point of view. He is our life and light in redemption, took us out of the kingdom of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of Light and He is our life and our light in terms creation, redemption and  incarnation. What kind of life can I have? Look at the Son of God. How blessed we are this morning when we can say, I know that I know the Son of God.

The best place to end this sermon is with the very words of Christ in John 8:12 (ESV) 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

Amen!

Logos Community Church:- 22 July 2012

 

Snakes helped humans evolve

22/07/2006 15:48  - (SA)   http://www.news24.co.za

Washington - Snakes may make people jump for a good reason - human close-up vision may have evolved specifically to spot the reptiles, reported researchers this week.

Humans, monkeys and other primates have good colour vision, large brains, and use their vision to guide reaching and grasping.

But while some scientists believe these characteristics evolved together as early primates used their hands and eyes to pick fruit and other foods, Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology at the University of California Davis, believes the traits may have evolved to help primates evade snakes.

"A snake is the only predator you really need to see close up. If it's a long way away it's not dangerous," said Isbell, who published her theory in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Neurological studies show the structure of the brain's visual system was well connected to brain structures for vigilance, fear and learning, she said.

Mammals evolved about 100 million years ago and fossils of snakes with mouths big enough to eat those mammals appear at about the same time, said Isbell.

Other predators such as big cats, hawks and eagles, evolved later.

Then venomous snakes evolved about 60 million years ago, which forced primates to become better at detecting them.

"There's an evolutionary arms race between the predators and prey. Primates get better at spotting and avoiding snakes, so the snakes get better at concealment, or more venomous, and the primates respond," said Isbell.

She added there were no dangerously venomous snakes on Madagascar, and lemurs, which only live on the large island and which have poor eyesight, have not evolved much in other ways in the past 60 million years either.