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A Strawberry For You

Blest is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled
Luke 1:39-45

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Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 1:45


One Sunday morning, a preacher went into the pulpit and began to read an Old Testament passage from an Old Bible that had been falling apart and was recently repaired. The preacher was unaware that the page he was reading from and the next page were stuck together with some glue that had seeped in between them. "When men began to multiply on earth," he began, "and daughters were born to them, the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as were (here the preacher turned the stuck page) ... three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide, thirty cubits high, made of gopher wood and covered with pitch" (Gen. 6:1-2). After his initial shock, the still puzzled preacher recovered we enough to say, "I must admit that the passage I have read is unfamiliar to me. However, I can see that it affirms a more familiar passage which says that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139: 13-14).

So wonderfully are we made that each of us is an unique object of God's tremendous, infinite Love. God not only gives us the gift of life, He gives us the gift of His tremendous, infinite Love as the Source of our life's fulfillment. That's where it all begins for us in our religion. Our religion is not rooted in what we can do for God. Rather, it all rests on what God has done for us.

This is what Christianity is all about. This is the Good News of our Christian Faith. This is why Jesus was born in a smelly little barn. This is why Jesus was raised in the poverty of a humble carpenter's home. This is why Jesus went from village to village preaching and teaching and healing and rejecting the hypocrisy of the pharisees and proclaiming the primacy of the Kingdom of God. This is why Jesus endured the bloody horror of His passion and crucifixion. This is why Jesus came out of the tomb, saying, "Peace be with you." This [...]

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