This has been a very busy time; we celebrated the 500th year of the Reformation, we are celebrating 125th year of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and we also joined with Holy Trinity to celebrate their 100th anniversary. And now the Advent season is upon us as we look forward to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This has been a joyous time, renewing friendships with previous pastors their families and all the people that came to Emmanuel to be with us during this 125th anniversary celebration.
Celebrating the Reformation has made me think a lot more about who we are (who I am) as Lutherans. This thought took me to Luther’s Catechism and the second article of the Apostles Creed, which talks about “The Person of Christ.” We read or recite this every week in worship so we should be familiar with it, “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord . . . ” As Luther would say, “This is most certainly true.” Let us not lose sight of the humbleness of Christ’s birth, the lowly manger. Let us not lose sight that He is God’s Son, and let us not lose sight that He died on the cross, and that He is our Lord and Savior. This Advent season let us be humble in our daily walk with Jesus but let us be strong in our witness to others as to who Jesus Christ is. Is Jesus your Lord and Savior? Then tell somebody! Roman 10:9-10 reads, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in rightrighteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
We still have a lot to celebrate this year, let’s not stop here, but start here. Give God the glory, praise and honor due Him.
Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
Prayer: All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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