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Wouldn't It Be Fantastic?

In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God's presence, and the Word was God
John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5,9-14

Sermon Topic Christmas

Sermon Week Christmas Day Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 1:1


Some of you here today are old enough to remember the number one, best-selling record of the Mills Brothers ...

You always hurt the one you love
The one you shouldn't hurt at all

No doubt it was a big hit because it is a common factor in our human experience. In the things we do and say we are always hurting the people who are closest to us. We can be so self-centered that often we do not realize how much we have hurt them until much later, if ever. As I said, some of you are old enough to remember the Mills Brothers' expressing this in song. But now the young people have a new way of saying it. In the Broadway Musical, "Hair," a young woman brings a young man a gift, a beautiful sport-shirt, to express her love for him. And in an impetuous moment, during a fit of anger, he tears the shirt to shreds. When he realizes what he has done, he and the young woman begin to talk about the problem of relating to one another in love. And the young woman sings, in a very beautiful way...

How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
How can people have no feelings?
How can people ignore their friends?

Easy to be hard.
Easy to be cold.
Easy to be proud.
Easy to say "No."

And that is the way it is with most of us. Because of our self-centeredness there is a kind of easy hardness that takes over and the natural thing to do is to hurt and to use other people. We know how often the words "I love you" really mean "I want to exploit you, I want to use you." We know how often the words "I love you" spoken by a parent to a child really mean "I want you to turn out as I want you to turn out so I won't be embarrassed by you." And that is the reason for a lot of the Generation Gap problem. Unfortunately, when a child [...]

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