Sunday, December 21, 2014

Being a Bearer of Christ

Be it Unto Me as You Have Said !
The minister was reading from 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 where God promised David that his Kingdom would last forever. 

Pastor read this time  from Luke 1:26-38 regarding the angel Gabriel’s proclamation to Mary, which troubled her greatly because she was a virgin and wondered how this could be.  (You might enjoy my post The Virgin Birth was Necessary.) 

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Pastor stated, “The issue of Humanity and Deity of Christ is a challenge to hold on to.  It has never bothered me, even though I don’t understand it fully.” 

We are happy to live with the miracle and mystery of Christ being Divine, yet human. 

To the women here today, “What would your reaction be if an angel appeared to you with such a decree?”   

Joseph was a man of faith who chose to stand by Mary’s choice.  Mary accepted the honor of being chosen to bear the Christ.   

We have been chosen to bear Jesus Christ in our hearts and to become His followers. 

Think of the implications.  We wait patiently as we watch. 

Bearing Christ to the World
We have been called to break down barriers, to be an activist; In our thoughts, in our lives, as we speak, write or act against perceived injustices. 

We must find a balance of words and action.  We must show our devotion in a variety of ways such as giving a drink of water, feeding the poor, and visiting the shut ins.  

Locally we give donations to the Salvation Army, The Rescue Mission, and to Feed the Poor.  These organizations always accept volunteers as well as money. 

May we accept the call to bear Jesus Christ first and most important in our hearts and then in many new ways of service.

1 comment:

  1. Amen! The implications are beyond revolutionary even by today's standards. Merry Christmas, Hazel. God bless you and all of yours, sister. You've been a gift to me all year long… Thanks for always sharing your heart.


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