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Carthage, Missouri

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Sermon Audio — December 10, 2017

Sermon Audio — December 3, 2017

Savior of the Nations

Christmas creep is such that we have been seeing Christmas things in stores for some time now. I was looking for something in Lowes back in early October and while I expected to see Halloween things I was a bit surprised to see the Christmas trees right behind them. At this point I’m not sure there is much use in telling you but, in case you didn’t know it, Christmas will be coming soon. In the Church we have our own way of preparing for Christmas and that is the season of Advent. Advent is a time to look forward to Christ coming to earth. It is a time to look backward and remember that God’s people of old waited for a long time and trusted in a lot of promises of a Savior before He was   actually born. And Advent is a time to look at ourselves right now and consider how our Savior’s return effects our lives in this moment.

This Advent and Christmas we will be looking at the miracle of Christ’s birth with the theme of “Savior of the Nations”. The first thing that comes to mind for many is the familiar Advent hymn Savior of the Nations, Come. We  will use this hymn (and others) this season as we consider how Our Lord was born to save not only you and me but all  people. The hymn beautifully focuses on the two natures of Christ and the full revelation of God in the person of Jesus.

Not by human flesh and blood,

By the Spirit of our God,

Was the Word of God made flesh—

Woman’s offspring, pure and fresh. (LSB 332)

The flesh and blood of the God-man brings our salvation. God has become one of us. He has been eternally joined to the stuff of Mary’s womb so that He might be present for us. And this not of man, but a gift of God, a work of the Spirit. The mystery of the incarnation causes all of us to ponder anew the sacrificial love of God. To be fully one of us, to share with us in all things, to know no sin, and yet to become sin for us, that is the stuff that causes all creation to fall at His feet and worship. There is no greater love of God than the work of Jesus Christ in rescuing falling creation.

Have a blessed Advent as we prepare for our Lord’s coming and a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the Nations.

– Pastor Mehl

Sermon Audio — November 26, 2017