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Your Savior is Born

John 1:1-14

Rev. John F. Wurst

The Nativity of our Lord
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King  
Duluth, Minnesota

Tue, Dec 25, 2012 

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

John 1:1-14

The Nativity of Our Lord

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

"For there is born to you, this day, in the City of David, a Savior who is Christ The Lord." (Luke 2:11)

Today begins Christmastide. Today, all of Christendom celebrates the birth of God's Son, Jesus, the Christ. When you look around, you see the celebrations and festivities in the malls, the stores, and your families homes. The world is good at celebrating Christmas.

Do you really understand Christmas Day? Why does the Church and the world celebrate the birth of a Child who was born to die? Wait? You don't want to hear about this Child, God's only-begotten Son being born to die do you? No! Death ruins your Christmas dinners. Jesus death invalidates your cards and greetings. Not really.

St. Luke paints a beautiful picture in his Gospel of the birth of Jesus. When you read St. John, you hear that Jesus is God. He is eternal. He is the Creator. He is the Light that shines in the darkness. You hear about rejection of God. You hear of faith. You hear of Baptism. You hear about life, not life on earth but everlasting and eternal life.

When you read the Christmas story in John's Gospel, you hear about the Incarnation of God's Son; how He descended from the heavenly throne and became true man. You hear about the grace and truth coming into the world through the testimony of the greatest preacher known to man - Jesus Christ.

You've been preparing for the parousia, the Coming of the Son of Man. He is here. Jesus is born unto you this holy day. His birth is a fulfillment of the Scriptures. Isaiah said, "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel." (Is. 7:14)

Immanuel means with us is God. God is here, in the flesh. Do you know what means? God the Father loves you so much that He sent His only Son to be born in the flesh, that is, to be born to take your flesh into His divinity, so He could take your place on the sacrificial alter to atone for your sins and the sins of the world.

Christendom rejoices at the birth of Jesus because believers, born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God in Jesus Christ, because Christmas means the Savior has come to save. That's what Jesus' Name mean, "He will save His people from their sins." (Matt. 1:21)

You rejoice because The Lord Jesus is here. He came into the world for you. To save you. To love you. To teach you about His kingdom that He is building.

You rejoice because your King has arrived to rescue you from sin, death, and the power of the devil. You rejoice even as your King lies in a food trough for horses and cows. You rejoice because He humbled Himself to born of a woman. You rejoice because you know and believe that in a few years, this little Child will be beaten on your behalf and crucified upon a tree like a criminal.

Yes, you rejoice because God's love is shown to you in humility, suffering, and even death. You rejoice this holy day because the salvation of The Lord is made know to you. So go ahead, sing His praises. Make a joyful noise unto The Lord. Break forth into joyous singing and praise the name of The Lord for His eternal gift to you.

Christmas is not about you and your families. Christmas is not about sales. Christmas is not about big family dinners. Christmas is about the Christ. Christmas is about the Son of God coming into the world as a baby, born of the Virgin Mary to suffer and die in the place of all sinners to restore communion between the Father in heaven and all mankind.

Christmas is about sinners coming into the presence of God and receiving the forgiveness of their sins. Christmas is about what Jesus is doing for you. Christmas is about God the Father manifesting His love for you in the flesh of His Son Jesus. Christmas is about hearing Jesus and hearing what He has done for you throughout His earthly ministry, His suffering, His dying, His descent into hell, His rising again from the dead, and His ascension into heaven.

Christmas is about the life you have in Jesus and your life begins in His being born in Bethlehem. The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end born to redeem you from death and to give you life.

Christendom rejoices. You rejoice because on this happy morning, your Savior is born for you. Jesus is The Lord and King of glory. The angels of heaven sang of His birth and now, today, you join with your songs of worship and praise.

To God alone be all the glory now and forevermore.

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen.

+ SDG +

(C) Rev. John F. Wurst

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