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A Call To Discovery

The Child's mother and father were marveling at what was being said about Him
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

Sermon Topic Incarnation

Sermon Week The Holy Family Cycle B

Scripture Summary Luke 2:33

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Those who have been to the Holy Land often come back to report a surprise: it is so very small. Especially Jerusalem. No matter how many Bible atlases one has studied, one is hardly prepared for the discovery that the "old city" of Jerusalem-the very center of the drama of human history-is little more than three thousand feet from wall to wall. Here is the Golden Gate of the Palm Sunday entrance; a few minutes walk and one stands at the place of judgment where Jesus was handed over to be crucified; then it is but a short stroll to the place of crucifixion. Over there to your right, just a short hop across the Kidron Valley, is the Mount of Olives. A few hundred yards away is the wall of the great temple, the "Wailing Wall" so dear to our Jewish brothers and sisters. If you wish to go to Bethlehem, it is but a five minute taxi ride. It does not seem to matter, visitors tell us, whether legend has located the sacred sites precisely; the point is that it all happened and it happened right here within this tiny part of this small planet. This is where God made all things new, in Jesus Christ.

The exciting "newness" of Christmas is not to be found in the perpetual, and finally futile search for novelty, but in the renewal of the routine world, in the surprises of the taken-for-granted world. When, in the fullness of time, God acted decisively for the world's salvation, He did not create a new nation worthy of receiving His visitation. No, He came into the world through that same nation whose people had often grown weary of waiting. Most of the Jewish people, far from living in heightened expectation of the Messiah's coming, had more or less given up on the whole idea. Again and again, we read in the Old Testament, the children of Israel were fascinated by the exotic religions of the nations that surrounded them. We are told they went seeking after foreign gods and strange cults, for these provided [...]

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