Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love
Cheerful Christmas Child

Sharing The Love

  1. Not Your Typical Joyful Christmas Greeting
    1. You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? … Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
    1. You’re probably not going to get that embossed on a Christmas card. “Oh my, remind me not to send a card to the Jones next year, will you?”
    1. Not the Christmas message we want to hear & we reassure ourselves thinking, “That’s not for me. John was talking to those wicked Pharisees.”
  2. Hearing The Message & Asking “What Must We Do?”
    1. But we must hear it & as we search the wilderness of our own hearts; as we encounter the selfishness & hyper-materialism that we find there; as we recognize both our abundant blessings and as we confess our fear & prejudice driven nature to stockpile it & wall it all off from others;    & as we wallow in the hubris/pride of remaking God in our own image – hating who we hate & voting how we vote, and judging who we judge, we too must prepare the way of the Lord, making his paths straight! by pausing in this season & heeding John’s words even to ourselves … 
    1. “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise…Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you…Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”These words easily apply to us even today! They apply to us as individuals and they apply to us as a people; a nation
    1. This is where I quote my favorite Christmas movie; It’s Christmas, Theo. It’s the time of miracles. So be of good cheer & call me when you hit the last lock.
  3. When Love Comes To Town
    1. Christmas celebrates when love came to the little town of Bethlehem.
    1. One of the best U2 (& B.B.) songs, & one of my favorite all time songs; When love comes to town I’m gonna jump that train
      When love comes to town I’m gonna catch that flame
      Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
      But I did what I did before love came to town
    1. The power in this song & its connection to today’s scripture is twofold:
      1. It is confession of the wrong we have done in our ignorant nature.
      1. It is conviction to change inward& act upon that change outward.
    1. Our loving LORD; the creator of all things, did not leave us in darkness, hatred, & fear. The LORD didn’t just send a messenger or a book to us. The LORD came in person, in humility, in vulnerability, just as we are.
  4. Love Comes To The Rescue
    1. The Christmas story is the story of a cosmic rescue mission. 
    1. Author of The Shack, William Scott Young, said, “This is about other-centered, self-giving love that wants to be shared. And so this is about a God, because of love, will come to us as a mother who wants to rescue the child.”
    1. Love came to town. Love came to the rescue. Love shared from itself.
  5. Love Shares What It Has
    1. The teaching written in this holy book and the example lived out in person by divine Love is embodied in the ideal expressed in, “When   you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.”
      1. John says it in our Gospel reading; to tax collectors and soldiers.
      1. Jesus says it in the parable of the rich fool and his selfish barns.
      1. We ignore the warning to our peril, but we revel in its liberation.
    1. Our sharing table; resurrecting an old tradition by starting a new one.
    1. The Christmas story that fills us with hope and joy is the greatest love story ever told in human history! The Christmas story that fills us with light and purpose is the greatest rescue mission we’ve ever heard! This Christmas story is the greatest invitation we’ll ever receive in our lives! So let us go out from here today restored and reinvigorated to share this Love that is the Good News; inviting others to join us along this Pilgrim Way as we become embodied messengers of hope in a world; in a community here around us, that is in such need of hope today.


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