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December 25, 2020 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Christmas

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: John 1:1-14
Date: December 25th, 2020; Christmas Day; Series B
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1).
  • God’s Word is a living and active Word. When he speaks - things happen.
  • In the beginning, he spoke and all creation came into being. 
  • When Adam and Eve sinned, God spoke to them. He called them to repentance and promised a Saviour so that their broken relationship with him could be restored. 
  • So that our broken relationship with God could be restored. 
  • In the days of the Old Testament, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to the patriarchs and prophets through visions, and dreams, and angels, and even at times by appearing himself.
  • But now, the writer of Hebrews says, “…in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”
  • Today, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we consider what God is speaking to us by his Son - and with Mary, we ponder his Word in our hearts.
  • In the Old Testament lesson, the prophet Isaiah sets the stage by prophesying that the waste places of Jerusalem will be comforted and redeemed when the Lord bares his holy arm before the nations.
  • When the prophet speaks of God baring his arm, he is talking about God revealing and exercising his power and strength.
  • But on this Christmas Day we are reminded that the way he has done this - is not the way we expect.
  • St. John tells us that, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
  • The eternal Word through whom all things were made - humbly became one of us to save us.
  • Not by destroying our enemies with force and might, but by making himself completely helpless and vulnerable as a baby.
  • The Creator of the universe humbled himself to the point where he was completely reliant on others to be sheltered, and fed, and cared for - just as we were when we were infants.
  • It’s a great mystery that the infinite resides in the finite, that the eternal has broken into time, that the Creator has become the creature, that God is man and man is God in this tiny and vulnerable child of Bethlehem.
  • But even when he grew physically and later had crowds gathering around him to hear his teaching and witness his miracles, he did not use his power and strength as we expect.
  • With his followers, Jesus didn’t establish armies to conquer those who were against him, but instead instructed Peter to put his sword away. He instructed his followers to love their enemies.
  • He didn’t wipe out his enemies when they falsely arrested him, tortured and jeered at him, and put him to death on a cross.
  • Instead, he exercised his power and strength by humbly sacrificing himself for the sin of the world.
  • He who is the heir of all things, he through whom the world was created, he who is the radiance of the glory of God and is the exact imprint of his nature, he who upholds the universe by the word of his power - willingly gave himself over to death so that he could give you his life.
  • God bearing his holy arm, the Word becoming flesh to dwell with us, this baby in the manger being the exact imprint of the Father’s nature - is all, as the writer to the Hebrews says, to make purification for our sins.
  • In these last days God has spoken to us through his Son - and to all who receive him, who believe in his name, have become the children of God.
  • God has spoken to us by his Son, in whom is light and life.
  • God continues to speak to us by his Son - and the light and life of Jesus continues to spread into the world. 
  • In the waters of baptism, by the preaching of the Gospel, as sins are confessed and absolved, through the the body and blood of Jesus - the Light shines in the darkness, scatters the darkness, and the darkness will never overcome it. 
  • Hear God speak to you by his Son today.
  • Trust that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus - the Lord has bared his holy arm before the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
  • Today God speaks to us by his Son, and in Christ, we hear the One who is full of grace and truth tell us that we are forgiven, saved, holy and righteous, and eternal life is ours.
  • The Word became flesh and dwells among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • Merry Christmas! Amen.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.

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