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We Rejoice

... of His fullness we have all had a share -- love following upon love
John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5,9-14

Sermon Topic Christmas

Sermon Week Christmas Day Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 1:16


Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount by saying to His followers, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Men do not light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket. They set it on a stand where it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to the heavenly Father" (Mt. 5:14).

Scripture scholars tell us that in this instruction Jesus was referring to a house, square in shape, and large enough to accommodate up to seven families. The number of lamps kept in the house usually equaled the number of families. Each lamp was placed on a lampstand which was fixed to a post. In this way, it supplied light to the family and would even throw some light to the families in other parts of the house. Sometimes a poor family had no oil for the lamp and would rely on the light being thrown from the lamps of the other families. In a house where there was harmony among neighbors, the families were happy to share their light. But in houses where there was division, some families were spiteful enough not to burn a lamp lest it shine in a neighbor's direction. (Or, if they needed light to do certain things, they would do their work under a bushel basket so that the light would not shine for the benefit of another family.)

In today's Gospel Lesson, John tells us that on the first Christmas "the real Light which gives light to every man" came into the world (Jn. 1:9). And "of His fullness we have all had a share -- love following upon love" (Jn. 1:16). This is the deep meaning of our Christmas celebration. The Light of God has come into the world and we rejoice. The Light of God has come into our life, and we rejoice. We rejoice in the privilege of being God's Light-bearers.

We rejoice in the realization that [...]

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