Pastor Weise’s Sermon – And it Came to Pass

Pastor Weie's Sermon - The Baptism of Our Lord

Pastor Weise’s Sermon – And It Came To Pass . . .

Isaiah 9.2-7/St. Luke 2.1-14

Christmas Day/December 25, 2018

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd/Good Shepherd Community Chapel, Sauk Rapids, MN

Rev. Keith R. Weise, pastor/chaplain

LISTEN TO SERMON

Invocation    In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

I          And it came to pass.                                                                                                   (St. Luke 2.1)

                        That’s how St. Luke starts his Christmas account—

and after that— (at least for me)

it seems like

I can almost say the whole thing from memory.

 

The Christmas account

always begins with

And it came to pass

and if it didn’t “come to pass”

                                                            it doesn’t really feel like Christmas does it?

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II         Lots of things came to pass before Christ was born.

 

The traditional Christmas proclamation—

not read too often in Churches anymore

tells us this.

 

On the twenty-fifth day of December;

In the five thousand-one hundred-and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;

the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;

the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;

the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses

and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;

the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;

the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus
the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father—
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming—

being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception—

was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

 

This is the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

 

III       All those things came to pass

before Christ was ever born.

 

And in the two thousand and eighteen years since Christ was born—

countless other events have come to pass.

(thankfully—

there’s no proclamation that lists them all.)

 

IV        But here’s the thing about Christmas—

no matter what has happened—

no matter what does happen

no matter what else comes to pass

the birth of Christ

will always be

the single most important event in the history of humanity.

 

At Christ’s birth

God reveals himself IN THE FLESH.

 

At Christ’s birth

God willingly takes on our flesh and bones

so he can take away our sins.

 

At the birth of Christ

God opens heaven and comes down to be with us

so he can open the way to heaven and take us up there to be with him.

 

At the birth of Christ

God becomes like us

so we can become like him—

holy, blessed, eternal—and filled with heavenly glory.

 

So when we think about what has come to pass

today—at Christmas—

we meditate on the greatest miracle ever accomplished by our God.

we celebrate the birth of God—in the Flesh—from a Virgin mother!

we praise God with the angels and the saints of every time and place and

nation.

And

we proclaim to the world—

that the birth of Christ that has come to pass.

That it has truly happened—

in an actual place—

at a verifiable time—

witnessed by real people

as recorded in the scriptures.

And this miracle—

the birth of Christ, our Lord and our God—

is for the salvation of our bodies and souls.

 

And there is no greater thing

that

has ever come to pass

or ever will.

 

V         The Son of God—

God of God—

Light of Light—

Very God of Very God—

for us men and for our salvation—

came down from heaven

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary

AND WAS MADE MAN!

 

That is what came to pass at the first Christmas.

 

VI        So on this Christmas Day

we join St. Joseph and marvel at the birth of the Son of God.

we join the angels and sing, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

we join the shepherds and come to the manger to adore the newborn Christ.

and

we join the Blessed Virgin and ponder all these things in our hearts.

 

Because there is born

TO US

TODAY

a Savior who is Christ the Lord.

 

Indeed, it has come to pass.

O Come, let us adore him.

 

Amen.

 

Invocation    In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Hymn of Response:  From Heaven Above To Earth I Come

 

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