Sunday, December 27, 2009

Feast of Saint John

Merry Christmas! Today's readings were Revelation 1:1-6 (sermon text begins at v. 9), 1 John 1:1-2:2, and John 21:20-25.

Here is written that John the Apostle was banished to Isle Patmos (near Turkey) for preaching the Gospel. At the time of revelation, he was in the Spirit on Sunday - the Holy Spirit was moving him to write. First came letters to nearby village congregations to instruct them. All seven, taken together, have in common rebukes, admonition, and encouragement; they make a complete picture of the Church.

The picture of Christ is here too - a man with a white robe and a golden sash, standing among candles - we (traditional worshipers) see that every Sunday! It's not up to us to decide arbitrarily how to worship - let us take Biblical descriptions as our model. There are aspects of Christ's image unique to Him - feet as bronze, eyes as flame, hair as wool, face as the sun - but pastors, too, do have the two-edged sword of the mouth - the Law and Gospel of God.

The glory of God, brighter than the sun, caused John to "die" at His feet. As he did, so must we confess to God all our sin daily (look into the mirror of the Law) and receive absolution for it (let Him lay the hand of fellowship - the Gospel - on us). Why trust Him? Because with the keys He carries, He has locked you out of hell and carried you to heaven! "Fear not." He holds all in His hands.

Soli Deo gloria.


WomanHonorThyself said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND!..I went dancing.woohoo!:)

Hannah said...

Happy new year to you as well, Angel! I tried to teach my brother to dance. :)