Isaiah 63: 7-9; Hebrews 2: 10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23
January 1, 2017
I heard the radio announcer on WCTS say, “now that Christmas is done...” and I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach. Those are such sad words after weeks of anticipation ...Christmas is done. I'm going to challenge us all this morning to carry Christmas--its joy, its peace, its freedom, its promises --with us into the new year.
We've been hearing from the prophet Isaiah for 6 weeks in a row now. I begin with his encouragement in today's reading: “I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us,
and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.”
When we recount the gracious and praiseworthy acts of the Lord, the favor shown in Christmas, when we remember the abundance of his love in the gift of the baby, we carry with us the promise of Christmas. Not just that Jesus came to earth, but that God has shown his faithfulness through the years, centuries, millenniums.