************ Sunday School Christmas Program Sermon on John 1:14 ************


By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman


This sermon was preached on December 15, 2013


John 1:14
"He Tabernacled Among Us"
Advent; Sunday School Christmas program

I Tabernacle
A I want to show you something. Looks like a tent.
-SHOW PICTURE OF TABERNACLE
Any of you know what this is?
-GET ANSWERS ...
-THIS IS THE TABERNACLE
-it was made of cloth and wood, gold and silver
-made by the Israelites while in the wilderness
-the whole Tabernacle could be taken down, packed up, and moved to another location
-Something amazing happened the first time and every time they set up the Tabernacle. A cloud settled over the Tabernacle and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.

B Another name for the Tabernacle is "Tent of Meeting."
-Why Tent of Meeting?
-Who did they meet with? GET ANSWERS ...
-At the Tent of Meeting the children of Israel met with God.
-Tabernacle is like the church; it is where you go to meet with God.

II Jesus is Tabernacle
A What does any of this have to do with Christmas?
Before I tell you, I want to teach you a very important Greek word. The word is "skenoo" (pronounced skain-o-o).
-repeat after me - skenoo
-skenoo is the Greek word for tent or tabernacle
-this word is used in John 1:14:
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
Actually, the Greek says "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us." "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us."

B Christmas means Jesus is God's Tabernacle:
-God's Tabernacle used to be the Tent of Meeting (HOLD UP PICTURE)
-but at Christmas God's Tabernacle is Jesus
"The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us."
-so how does God live among His people? Not in a tent but in Jesus
-how and where do God's people meet with God? Not in a tent but through Jesus
I repeat, Christmas means Jesus is God's Tabernacle.

III Jesus Fulfils the Tabernacle's Functions
A Now I want to show you a diagram of the Tabernacle.
-HOLD UP DIAGRAM
The first thing you see when you enter the Tabernacle is this big bronze square with fire in it (POINT TO IT)
-here is a picture (HOLD UP PICTURE OF ALTAR)
-anyone know what this is (GET ANSWERS)
-it is the altar
-the bronze altar was the largest piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. It was made of acacia wood and overlaid with bronze. It stood 7.5 feet square and 4.5 feet high. At each of the four corners of the altar was a horn made of acacia wood also overlaid with bronze.
What was the altar used for? What did the Israelites do with the altar?
-According to Leviticus 4, all the sin offerings of the people of Israel were brought to the bronze altar. Whenever someone sinned, a bull, goat, sheep, or lamb was brought to the bronze altar as a sin offering. The one bringing the sacrifice would lay his hand hard upon the animal as it was being killed. The priest would smear the blood of the sacrifice on the four horns of the altar. The animal would then be burned (the fat on the altar; the rest outside of the camp)
-Then what happened? The sinner was forgiven.
Remember our text? "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us." Christmas means Jesus is God's Tabernacle.
-thanks to Jesus, we have a new altar; our altar is the cross
-thanks to Jesus, we have a new sacrifice; not sheep or goats or bulls but Jesus Himself. And, thanks to Jesus our sins are forgiven.

B Let's look at the diagram of the Tabernacle again.
-HOLD UP DIAGRAM
-the second thing you see looks like a bird bath
-here is a picture (HOLD UP PICTURE OF LAVER)
-anyone know what this is (GET ANSWERS)
-it is the basin
-used only by the priests for washing their hands and feet before they worked in the Tabernacle
Remember our text? "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us." Christmas means Jesus is God's Tabernacle.
-thanks to Jesus, we don't have a bronze basin in our church; we have something else that points to washing; anyone know what it is? (GET ANSWERS)
-thanks to Jesus our basin is the baptismal font; and, we are washed clean not with water but with the blood of Christ.

C Let's look at the diagram of the Tabernacle again.
-HOLD UP DIAGRAM
-we move from the outer court into the inner part of the Tabernacle
-divided into two rooms: the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies
Three items in the Holy Place:
-table of show bread
-lampstand
-altar of incense (Zechariah prayed here)
One item in the Holy of Holies:
-the ark of the covenant

SHOW PICTURES OF THE FIVE ITEMS
SELECT TABLE PICTURE
I want to end by talking about the table of show bread.

Something was put on the Table. Anyone know what?
-GET RESPONSE
-bread was put on table (SHOW PICTURE)
-Notice how many pieces – twelve, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
-Every Sabbath Day the priests could eat the bread.

Remember our text? "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us." Christmas means Jesus is God's Tabernacle.
-thanks to Jesus we don't have a table of showbread in our church
-what kind of table do we have?
GET RESPONSE
-thanks to Jesus our table is the Lord's Supper table
-we get to eat and drink from this table and our souls are fed by the body and blood of Jesus

Conclusion
What is the Greek word again?
The word is "skenoo" (pronounced skain-o-o).
-repeat after me - skenoo
-skenoo is the Greek word for tent or tabernacle
-this word is used in John 1:14:
"The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us."
Christmas means Jesus is God's tabernacle!
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