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Lucky Or Not

**... all mankind shall see the salvation of God** (Luke 3:6).
Baruch 5:1-9; Psalms 126:1-6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6

Sermon Topic Incarnation

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 1:8


It was December 22nd and the mother of several children suddenly realized that she hadn't sent out any Christmas cards. In dismay, she sent her 10-year-old son to the drugstore for a box of Christmas cards. "Hurry," she said, "I'll barely have time to get these in the mailbox before the day's final pickup." The boy ran all the way to the store and soon returned with a box of twenty-five cards, all alike. Quickly, without even looking at them, she signed them, addressed and stamped the envelopes, handed them to her boy who promptly deposited them in the corner mailbox. Later, the mother noticed that there was one card left in the box. She picked it up and looked at the verse. It read,

"This little card is just to say
a gift you'll love is on the way."

Most of us get caught up in the Christmas hustle and bustle: The Christmas cards, the Christmas trees, the Christmas lights, the Christmas lists, the Christmas shopping, the Christmas presents, and on and on. But these are not the essence of Christmas. All of the hustle and bustle is the tinsel of Christmas, the icing on the cake, so to speak: the trappings. And they can be wonderful, but they also can be so distracting that the real meaning of Christmas somehow gets lost.

The Incarnation: God becomes man. We can spend all of our lives marveling at this awesome Christian Mystery and barely begin to completely understand what it means. The Word became flesh. An enormous gap has been bridged in Christ. In some incredible way. the Holy God, the Lord God Almighty, out of the heart of His own Being, has identified with us totally and completely, in Christ. And, try as we may to reach for mere words to describe the Christmas Event, ultimately the sheer wonder of God coming into our world in this way renders us speechless -- and we bow before this Mystery of Mysteries.

God's way with us is to take our way ... with no rejection of the flesh we bear, the hearts we love [...]

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