I AM I’m going to start off tonight’s sermon with a question. It is an opened ended question that you do not need to reply but simply think about in your head. Why did God send us his Son on Christmas? Ponder your answer in your head for a bit, then I’ll ask you out loud to answer a few more questions. ………………………………. Alright, now that you have your answers in your head; verbally I need some responses for this question. Can anyone tell me of something bad that has happened in the news? How about some of humanities greatest tragedies against itself? I need a few examples. (World War 1, human trafficking, slavery) Now think about some terrible things that man has done to his fellow man in history, example the Holocaust. Any more examples. Think about one thing that happened to you in your life that someone did to you that was horrible and wrong, you don’t need to share. Mankind has a way of being destructive. This quote from Albert Einstein comes to mind, “Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” Why are we as a human race so inevitably evil? Why do we seek to destroy? I constantly cannot understand a few of my kids extremely strong desire to destroy! What is wrong with people and our natural desire to do harm? What’s wrong with the world? G. K. Chesterton, an English theologian who lived from 1874-1936 was once questioned by a newspaper this question. ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ This was his answer, am I sorry if it is too long. Try to listen carefully. ‘Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton.’ Well so far, this sure doesn’t sound like a Christmas sermon does it? Well, it is, follow me. Were trying to answer the question of why did Jesus have to be born? When I questioned you all a few minutes ago, I asked you about the bad things in the world. I asked you to give me examples, but I noticed, none of you mentioned yourself as part of the problem. Ouch, not a very feel-good sermon is it? Well, it has a positive and hopeful ending, but listen. Do you want to know the problem with this world? I am. You and I are the real problem. Let’s get really honest with each other. At the root of our nature were not good people. We all have hidden secret underlying agendas, that we are promoting. Politicians are the only evil people in America. The people who vote them in are too. We preach of loving everyone, and being like Jesus yet, we just can’t stand certain types of people. We would never forgive someone if they did that. I say I’m loving and kind, I’m a preacher who loves all and shows the love to Christ to everyone, yet there are some people when I hear their names or see their face my blood boils in anger. Forgiveness that I preach is hard to find. When I hear my own children swear, I know where they learned it from. When I see them throw a fit and act selfishly, I know where they learned it from. When we look at the world, we want to point out everyone else’s flaws, in a hope to make us feel better about ourselves. Here a comical example of what I’m trying to say. The other day some friends of mine where talking to me, and the husband told his wife, “see I told you I’m the catch of my family.” To that his wife quickly replied, “that’s like saying you’re the shiny can on top of the trash pile.” LOL! Now this was only a joke and his wife does not truly feel that way about her in-laws. My point for this joke was to show you how you and I really act. We act all righteous, yet God tells us our righteous acts are like filthy rags! Merry Christmas, you’re the problem with the world, not Trump or Biden, it’s you and it’s me. So, the question still stands of why did Jesus, the Word become flesh and dwell among us? Well because we are the problem, and he had a solution. Let me tell you what that solution was, with that I will lead you into our scripture for Christmas Eve. The first two scriptures read today were your typical Christmas service scripture. The story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. The third scripture today might have seemed like it came from left field. It is the start of the Exodus story, the infamous Burning bush scene, in which God manifest himself in the form of burning bush that was not consumed by fire. God is commanding Mosses to go and deliver his people from Pharaoh’s hand. You may not understand why I chose this scripture but let me read to you the following scripture after Mosses is commanded to take his sandals off. Exodus 3:9-15 New Living Translation9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” 13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations. The problem with the World is I am, the solution to the world is the Great I AM! Yahweh. This last Sunday in my sermon I preached on the name of Yahweh, and how Yahweh is possibly an onomatopoeia, the description of a sound. The name YHWH is the sound of our breath. Check that sermon out, its only 16 minutes long. Now I want to go deeper here and explain the absolute awe of our God YHWH, who’s name he gives himself; we cannot live without speaking it. Let me explain the beauty and the wonderful event of Jesus Christ birth, death, and resurrection orchestrated since creation. This might sound boring but listen please to the beauty of our God. His name when written in the Hebrew language is 4 letters, those 4 letters are YHWH. I want to explain to you the beauty in this word spoken to Mosses over a thousand years before the cross event. I will go into these 4 letters in the Hebrew language in upcoming sermons, but here is the simplest way to describe the tetragrammaton YHWH. Pronouncing the word YOD HEY VAV HEY. The H, pronounced HEY means Behold, and in Hebrew literally means to look or gaze upon. VAV means connector, hooks, the nails that connect two things. YOD means arm, or hands. The Word we express as Yahweh (YHWH in Hebrew) the Onomatopoeia for the sound of our breath when written by the meaning of each letter is this, BEHOLD, the NAILS, BEHOLD, the HANDS! I know this is deep, but this is absolutely amazing, how intricate God has woven together all of creation, and planned each piece of it including our lives, woven like a fine tapestry. T pronounce the name Yahweh, the sound of our breathing, a word that in Hebrew can only be breathed not spoken with the lips pressed or tongue moving. Yet the individual letters of the word literally mean to Gaze upon the Nails in the hands! Yahweh the GREAT I AM giving his name to Moses thousands of years before the cross event. The cross event, where God took the problem in the world; me, I am, and gave us the solution, the Great I AM, with the nails driven in his hands that bound us to heaven. Now here we are celebrating Christmas the time where we remember the shepherds gazing upon the solution. The child born in a manger the lowliest of all places among the lowest of towns, and his birth celebrated by the lowliest shepherds! The birth of Jesus Christ is no little event! It was orchestrated in the beginning, the Word already existed, was with God, and is God, and everything is created through him! The entire Bible points to Jesus Christ, even the very letters of the Hebrew alphabet that make up the words, (I’ll explain this even more in upcoming sermons) speak of Jesus Christ! He is the solution of the World’s problems, to you and me! I challenge you all this Christmas Eve to not take lightly the event of Jesus Christ birth. December 25th was not Jesus’ real birthday, but the date is not important, the meaning of this day is! One last thing about how God describes himself when he says to Mosses, I AM WHO I AM is also translated to I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE. What is being said here by God is I am unchanging, and the same God who created the heavens and the earth, who appeared to Mosses, who appeared in that manger, and the same God who appears to your heart when you receive him. God is unchanging and timeless. Celebrate this Christmas Eve with your friends and family by taking a deep breath, speaking the Lord’s name (Yahweh) and Behold the Nails and the Hand. Jesus was born to die. To fix the problem in this world, you and I. I am the problem with this world. The Great unchanging, I AM is the solution! Let’s Pray.