December 24 (Christmas Eve): “The Time Came”
Text: Luke 2:1-20 (Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14)
time has come for Abiding Presence Lutheran Church! You have journeyed through
this time of discovery. Like the season of Advent, you have been preparing
yourselves to receive a new vision and leader according to the Spirit. The call
has been issued and the time has come. Now its time to welcome this gift. To
receive this new pastor is to receive the gift of Christ. Remember, however,
that Jesus came into the world as a helpless baby. Yes, he contained the
fullness of God’s promise, yet that promse needed to be received and nurtured.
Jesus was born into a world not only hungry for his appearance but also scared
of it in so many ways. Born a baby in a stable on the outskirts of town, the
story of Christmas is one not only of welcome but protection. The shepherds
received the message as gift. The wise men journeyed far and long to behold the
gift. Herod, however, received it with fear and threat. The time has come! How
will you receive the gift? How will you help protect that gift in a time and
world that is also scared and threatened?