Saturday, December 26, 2015

Glorious Incarnation- Christmas Eve Homily

We had an interesting occurrence on Christmas Eve. The power went out at our church. We were in the darkness singing and talking about the Light that has come into the world to lighten every man. It was very beautiful.

Here is my 2015 Christmas Eve Homily

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
         The Bible says that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. It says that we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father. It says that this Word made flesh was full of grace and truth.
         Of course, we know that Word made flesh is Jesus Christ. He was with God in the beginning but at the right time, He was made man and dwelt among us.
         What is so glorious about the incarnation? Why does it matter?
         It matters because it reveals the Father’s character, willing to send His only begotten for the world that He so loves. It matters because Jesus was a little baby, fully reliant on the love and care of His young mother and His poor step-father. It matters because Jesus was a 12 year old boy, left behind by His parents in a big city for three days but was found alive teaching the teachers in the temple. It matters because His own brothers thought little of Him because of envy. It matters because He was an excellent wine maker. It matters because He grew tired and thirsty and sat by a well by a woman willing to be misunderstood. It matters because He loved the blind, and the sick and the lame. He touched them and they did not make Him unclean. He made them clean. It matters because He was angry, tossed over tables, made a whip and attacked the wicked to drive them from His Father’s house of prayer for all nations. It matters because Jesus wept.
         Why does the incarnation matter? It matters because Jesus had questionable friends and loved them anyway. It matters because His friends at first loved Him for advantage and then loved Him for His love for them. It matters because Jesus understands the pain of betrayal, even betrayal by a kiss. It matters because Jesus knows that the best of men, chosen men, are prone to fear and failure, denying the very one who came to save them from their sins. He does not desert them but gives everything for them and they return to Him, weeping in repentance.
         The Incarnation matters because Jesus sweat great drops of blood as He became sin for sinners, the sacrificial lamb, the center of God’s wrath against sin and death. It matters because Jesus knows the pain of suffering, even suffering on a cross. It matters because in His agony He loved a thief and promised him forgiveness and rest in paradise. The Incarnation matters because sin and death cannot hold the sinless man in its grasp. It matters because Jesus rose bodily, eating and drinking after His resurrection. It matters because Jesus was a man and is a man and will always be a man. It matters because the first representative man failed man and the last representative man saved man.
         The Glorious Incarnation, a reason for great rejoicing at Christmas. In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


         Our Father, who sent Your only Son, to live and die with us, Hallowed be Your name. We thank You for Jesus and that He was a man and dwelt with us, that He knows our infirmities, that He loves us even when we fail. Father, thank You for Jesus, the truest man that ever lived, the one full of grace and truth. Amen.

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