Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

Christmas 2010

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November 2010

Dear Church Family,

Why was Jesus born?

Interestingly in the period leading up to his death Jesus spoke about his reason for being born.

Pilate when questioning him about his kingship asked, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” (John 18:37 NLT)

There are layers of meaning in this word testify. It includes:

  1. Speaking the truth about God as no man could ever speak;
  2. Being the truth of God in his person;
  3. Dying to establish the truth about God; and
  4. Sending us as the Father sent him to testify to the truth.

1. Speaking the Truth

First, Jesus was born to speak the truth about God as no man could ever speak.

‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known’. (John 1:14,18)

Only Jesus could reveal God to us and make Him known to us because He alone was “…Immanuel”—which means, "God with us." (Matthew 1:23)

In John 8:58 Jesus said, "I tell you the truth…before Abraham was born, I am!"

That is one of the most important truths in the universe: Jesus, the historical man, is the pre-existent God. Not only does he say he existed before Abraham (two thousand years before he was born), but he also called himself “I am”, the name God had given himself in Exodus 3:14.

Jesus alone, as God in the flesh, could perfectly reveal the truth of the Father’s heart:

‘…God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (John 3:16) and ‘The Lord is…is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’. (2 Peter 3:9)

2. Being the Truth

Paul said, “the truth is in Jesus” (Ephesians 4:21 ESV), and ‘in [Him] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’. (Colossians 2:3).

This is why he was born. Not only to speak the truth about God, but to embody the truth about God. We will never know the truth if we do not know and love the Lord Jesus Christ himself.

As Jesus Himself said, ‘…"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." (John 14:6–7).

3. Dying to Establish the Truth

Third, not only was the Son of God born to testify to the truth by speaking the truth and being the truth, but also by dying to establish the truth.

The Greek word for witness, someone who testifies, is martus from which we get the word martyr. By dying for what you stand for is the ultimate witness, or testimony to it.

So in Revelation 3:14, we find that Jesus is called ‘…the Amen, the faithful and true witness…’

This witness is thought of in terms of his death, resurrection, and reign as King of kings.

Look at the sequence in Revelation 1:4-5, ‘…Grace and peace to you from…Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth…’

Notice the order: first, death (faithful witness), then resurrection (firstborn from the dead), and then rule over all kings.

He was born to witness to truth in the greatness way possible, His death on the cross.

4. Sending Us to Witness to the Truth

Finally, He was born to testify to the truth, not just in the thirty-three years of his life on earth, but also in the time on earth till he comes again.

That he is why he says,

‘And you also must testify…’ (John 15:27)
‘…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ (John 20:21).
‘…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1:8)

Paul says that God's household, the church of the living God, is to be ‘…the pillar and foundation of the truth’. (1 Timothy 3:15).

The message we bring to the world is called “…the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation…” (Ephesians 1:13).

And when judgment comes, the condemned will be those ‘…who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness’. (2 Thessalonians 2:12).

Shouldn’t this want to make us work around the clock for the rest of our lives to spread the truth about Jesus?

Jesus was born for this.

‘…I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice." (John 18:37. The Message).

We need to get on with the task because He says, ‘Behold, I am coming soon…He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus’. (Revelation 22:7,20)

So,

  • Let’s join him in it.
  • Let’s make Camberwell a living truth-spreading organism.
  • Let’s remember that we know no spiritual truth if we do not know and love Jesus Himself as the ground and the goal of it.

We exist to spread a passion for Christ, not just ideas about Christ. He was born to testify to the truth. Let’s resolve this Christmas that we will live for this, before He comes again.

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson
Pastor

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Advent and Christmas Sermons 2010

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

  1. Our Citizenship Is In Heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  2. A Christmas Goel Story (Job 19Ruth)
  3. The Christmas Spirit (Luke 1:46-55 & others)

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