Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Now Showing: The Coming of Christmas Peace

Preached on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012

Scripture readings: Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 2:1-20

“Glory to God in the highest and, on earth, peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

Jesus is the prince of peace the prophets tell us about. The angels tell the shepherds and us that the baby lying in the manger will be the source of God’s peace and favor.

Who are the words “Fear not” for? Who is receiving the promise of the peace and favor of God?

Bethlehem represents the small, the neglected, and the forgotten. If this is you, the peace of Christ is yours.

The Shepherds represent the mistrusted and despised. If this is you, the peace of Christ is yours.

Mary and Joseph represent those who sacrificially bear the burdens of others. Mary, though innocent, was stigmatized because of her untimely pregnancy for the sake of Jesus. Joseph, though honorable and righteous, volunteered for a life of sharing Mary’s shame.

They bore the burdens of others, and Jesus learned his own sacrifice in a home where such a sacrifice came naturally from love. If this is you, the peace of Christ is yours.

Jesus revealed his peace by becoming all of this on the cross. This peace began in the manger of Bethlehem. This is the peace and favor Jesus shares with you. This is his Christmas blessing.

1 comment:

  1. May the peace of God be with you always.
    Joy-full new year to you!