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From The Beginning

... going into the house they saw the Child with Mary, His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him
Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Topic Incarnation

Sermon Week The Epiphany of the Lord Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 2:10


A prominent theologian was about to deliver a lecture on a very difficult subject. He started off by saying, "I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony. I look around and I know it's wonderful to be here, but I don't know where to begin." We do not have that problem today because we are going to talk about the Incarnation of Christ, and we do know where to begin. We begin by recalling how the great Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, has from the very beginning of time, among all people and in all places, been acting in a Christly way -- acting, as the New Testament says, as the "Christ Spirit."

"In the beginning was the Word," says John's Gospel. And Paul says that "In Him the fullness of Deity dwells bodily." But having said this, how do we grasp such a mystery as this? No words can adequately describe it.

A little girl came home with an "F" in spelling on her report card. When her mother demanded an explanation, the little girl said, "Mommy, words fail me." That's exactly where we are in trying to explain the Incarnation: mere words fail us. But the experience of the Christ Presence in our life will not fail us.

The Incarnational Presence of God is the very heart of our Christian Faith, and if we are not experiencing it, either individually, or as a Church, we are malfunctioning as Christian people. The story is told of a huge atomic energy plant that was malfunctioning. None of the plant's engineers and scientists could figure out the cause of the trouble. Finally, an eminent professor in the field was summoned from his University for a consultation. The professor surveyed the situation, then asked for a hammer. He took the hammer in hand, walked over to a pipe and struck it a heavy blow. Immediately, the plant began functioning again: everything was back in working order. Later he submitted an itemized bill for his services in the amount of $5,005. It read as follows:

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