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The Life Was Made Manifest

How to experience the real life that fills the void in our heart.


Christmas is definitely a wonderful time of year. But it's also a bit of a production, right? On average there will be $800 spent for every man, woman, and child in this country. Almost two billion Christmas cards are going to be sent. So it can be a very big production. But of course the problem is that you could buy all of the presents, send the cards, attend parties, and decorate your house and Christmas tree and still not be experiencing what Christmas is really all about. What I want to do this morning is have us listen to someone who discovered the meaning of Christmas. He personally met the meaning of Christmas.

So let's turn in our Bibles to 1 John 1:1-4. 1 John was written by John the Apostle. John was a fisherman, lived in Palestine in the First Century A.D., was powerfully transformed by meeting Jesus Christ, and wrote the Gospel of John and 1, 2 and 3 John. This letter, 1 John, is all about how he discovered life, what life is really all about. There's more to life than just working, eating, sleeping, and playing; you can do all those things and not really experience life as it was meant to be experienced. John writes this letter to tell us about the life that he discovered. That's what I want us to look at this morning. But before we dig into this passage, just think about yourself. What do you pursue to feel alive? What do you run after in order to be filled up, energized, and passionate about life? What do you pursue to really live?

Eric Weiner, author of Man Seeks God, wrote a fascinating article, in which he describes his search for life. Listen to what he says and see if you can relate to this:

The 17th Century French philosopher Blaise Pascal coined the term "God-shaped hole" to describe the yawning ...

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Steve Fuller is lead pastor of Mercy Hill Church in San Jose, California.

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I. Life discovered

II. Life made manifest

III. Life experienced

IV. Life made real

V. Life received