Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Opus 2016-340: Monday Pulpit: Creche or Cross

Okay, so it is Thursday.

I wonder which was “harder” the incarnation or the crucifixion?

On Good Friday we focus on the passion of Christ.  That is the suffering that He went through culminating on the moment that He took all our sins upon Himself.  This would obviously be a major trauma.
(2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
I am wondering if Christmas wasn’t even more traumatic.  Picture what it must have been for the eternal Son to take on full humanity.  Consider this,
(Philippians 2:6-8 KJV)  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
I am thinking that the incarnation could have been as incredible a shock as taking on the sin of the world.

Christmas is not a stand alone moment.  It is the beginning of the road to the cross.  It isn’t about babies, wise men and shepherds.  It is about redemption and hope.  It wasn’t a creche that was the focus, but a cross.

Merry Christmas, or as the pastor said on Sunday, “Merry Incarnation”.

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