Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas 2

Back in WI. Today's readings were 1 Kings 3:4-15, Ephesians 1:3-10, and Luke 2:41-52 (sermon text).

"EVERYONE who heard Him was amazed." Keep in mind that their amazement was not necessarily a good thing. Our culture loves babies, yet kills them in droves. Examples of the crowds' or Pharisees' amazement turned sour in Christ's ministry include (1) His healing of the man with a paralyzed hand after plucking grain on the Sabbath; (2) His reading of Isaiah's prophecy concerning Himself in the synagogue; and (3) His testimony to the Pharisees after raising Lazarus. Amazement led to death threats.

Amazement at Jesus emphasizes our own sin. We have two choices: hold on to it--or let go of pride. We were baptized into His death, else we cannot stand before God. Change must be done to us and for us. Christ's scars take away our sin. We are changed.

Soli Deo gloria.

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