Monday, December 3, 2018
Luke 2:11-12: [The Angel to the shepherds is saying, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sing for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
"From Heaven Above to Earth Below:" Stanzas 2 and 3
"To you this night is born a child
Of Mary, chosen virgin mild.
This little child of lowly birth
Shall be ti joy of all the earth.
This is the Christ, our God Most High
Who hears your sad and bitter cry;
He will Himself your Savior be
From all your sins to set you free."
Martin Luther, the one who got the Reformation started, quoted the above Bible passage in the hymn he wrote. In the hymn, Martin Luther not only recounted the story of Jesus' birth. He commented on the meaning of Jesus' incarnation. He share with you and me also the importance and necessity of Jesus coming to earth from heaven.
The above stanzas are a retelling of the words of the angel who spoke them to the shepherds.
Simply put, the world needs to hear these words of announcement. People have to hear these words because they are the foundational announcement of this time of year. The world needs to hear that its' Savior, Lord, and King is born and is here!
Now's the Time:
So now is the time to let the world know about who they are missing. It is time, Church, to act like angels and tell the message of Jesus. Jesus was conceived of the Virgin Mary. He was born in Bethlehem. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the "Anointed One." Jesus lived the perfect life because He is the Son of God. Jesus lived to die on a cross and to give up His body and shed His blood. Jesus rose to life to give to us the promise of a new life now as well as forever.
This is the message. It is our time to tell it, Church.
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Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.