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Strike A Blow

Go and get detailed information about the Child ... report it to me that I may go and offer Him homage too
Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Topic Incarnation

Sermon Week The Epiphany of the Lord Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 2:8


A very dignified, austere European theologian always began his lecture series on the "Incarnation" with the same line. He would look out at his audience and say, "I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony. I can see that it is wonderful to be here but I hardly know where to begin." In today's Gospel Lesson, King Herod demands "detailed information about the child" Jesus. Two thousand years later people all around us want "detailed information about the Child Jesus" and our Christian duty is to meet that demand. Whether or not we succeed depends largely on knowing where to begin. Unlike the mosquito in the nudist colony, we must know where to begin.

It begins with our understanding that the great Lord God, from the very onset of time, among all peoples and in all places, has been acting in a Christly way. Or, as the New Testament would say, has been acting in the Christ Spirit. "In the beginning was the Word," says John. And Paul says, "His is... the first-born of all creatures. In Him everything in heaven and earth was created... He is before all else that is . . ." (Col.l:15-17).

The Christ Spirit begins at the beginning. That much is clear. Less easily grasped, however, is the next important detail about the Incarnation of Christ. Paul says: "In Christ the fullness of Deity resides in bodily form" (Col.2:9). It is a direct and simple statement of the Incarnation, as Christians have come to expect it. But how do we grasp this awesome reality, this Mystery of Mysteries?

A little girl came home from school with her report card. On it was an "F" in Spelling. When her mother demanded an explanation the little girl said, "Mommy, words fail me. Often, we find ourselves in that position when the demand comes to explain the Incarnation: words fail us. But Incarnation is at the heart of our Christian Faith: the Christ Spirit of God became fully embodied in Jesus and we lose our effectiveness as Christian individuals and as Christian Church if we do not [...]

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