Sara Lund was with us again this week to bring God's word, from Matthew 2:1-12. Thanks for being with us again, Sara!
Sara Lund brought God's word to us this morning, from Matthew 1:18-25. Unfortunately, we did not get this sermon recorded.
Why do we listen to John the Baptist's words of chopping, threshing, and burning during this "happiest season of all"? In the Christian Church, Advent is not a season for mere sentimentality and good cheer; Advent is a season of preparation. In Advent, we prepare for the coming of our Lord, and that means taking stock of who we are and where we are, taking stock of our lives and our priorities and assessing how they line up with God’s Kingdom. During Advent we stare into the stark reality of human sinfulness and brokenness, a reality that could only be transformed by the radical intervention of our God, who came as one of us to suffer and die and to rise again. During Advent, we remember that the day of our Lord’s coming is a day of judgement, when our lives and deeds and hearts are called to account before Jesus Christ.
And so we listen to John. Because just as John prepared Israel to receive their messiah by calling them to repentance, so he prepares us to receive our messiah again by calling us again to repentance.
This week's sermon...from Matthew 3:1-12.