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Overtaken By Joy!

Someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am
Zephaniah 3:14-18; (Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 3:16

It is said that human beings “have lost their sense of wonder and mystery.“ If that is true, then we have one of the reasons why our faith is having a difficult time being understood by people today. For Christianity is a religion that embraces mystery and awe and wonder, and often the unknown. A leap of faith is required. “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion,” the Apostle Paul wrote (I Tim. 3:16). Take away the mystery -- that is the Mystery of God -- take away the awe and the wonder and the reverence, and you’ve taken away the core of the faith.

A little boy in Sunday School class caught the spirit of this when he blurted out, “God wonders me!” We are failing our children if we’re not demonstrating to them the same childlike approach to life that opens us up to the awesome Mystery of God’s Loving Presence in our lives.

In our age of technology, we have technologically-conditioned minds. If it doesn’t compute, it doesn’t exist. If you can’t touch it, taste it, smell it, hear it, it isn’t there. But the Bible says, if your life lacks reverence, awe, wonder, and respect for the unseen, you probably aren’t there -- at least you’re not where you should be. But when Jesus enters into your life, He opens you up again to wonder, and life becomes wonder-full. Life is not a puzzle to be solved. Life is a mystery to be lived. -1

So much is happening as God's Creative Plan continues to unfold in our human history, that is beyond our understanding. In the Apostle Paul's words, " ... our knowledge is imperfect ... but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away ... now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully" (I Cor.13:9-10, 12). But even though we don't fully understand the happening, we experience it; even though we don't fully understand what God is doing in this world of ours, we experience His Presence in it. [...]

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