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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12192012 Sermon Advent 4 Mid-Week - Not Preached


This sermon was to be preached December 19, 2012, however, due to the Blizzard, services were cancelled.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  AMEN.

Let us pray!  Gracious ruler descended from a royal line.  The names of Your ancestors connect You not only with the royal line, but with the stories of old.  These stories are a connection to the people, but also to the promise of Your coming to set the people free.  May we understand we have been baptized into this line and our redemption draws near as we come and celebrate Your birth in the manger for all of mankind, especially all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel this evening.  AMEN.

Tonight we have heard one of the most cherished short stories of scripture.  The story is of Ruth, who takes her rightful place in the royal line that leads directly to Jesus Christ.  Ruth’s story is clearly one not only of heart ache, loss and pain, but more so a story of how one woman remained dedicated to her mother-in-law Naomi.  This model for us tonight clearly is of the devotion of one woman to a family that she has married into, but more so how Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of devotion of God for His people Israel.

Throughout the Old Testament there are bread crumbs of the coming Messiah, whether from Genesis and the Fall of Adam and Eve, to Isaac and Jacob and the promised Messiah, to Obadiah and the prophets speaking of the last days.  Clearly God in scripture has placed gems in the midst of the story of salvation foretelling of the coming Messiah.  Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the prophecy with the Royal Line that can be traced from Adam, through David and Solomon to Joseph.

But of what consequence is a royal line for us tonight?  The significance is not only in the ability to trace Jesus ancestors, like a lot of people do today on sites like Ancestory.com, the significance is the fulfillment of the promise of God for each of us today.  In, through and by our baptism in the font, when we were made heirs of the kingdom of God, we have been grafted into the royal line with, for and by the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.  When the water intimately connected with the Word was poured over our head or that we were immersed in, God made us heirs of eternal life.  Yes we have an earthly father, but now, by God’s greatest mystery, we now have a connection to the royal line of Jesus Christ.

This fulfillment of the promise of God in, through and by the Messiah and the royal line of patriarchs and matriarchs enables us today to understand we here in Goodland, Kansas are not just Lutherans, not just Christians, we are grafted into the royal line of Jesus Christ.  The promises made to Israel as they left Egypt.  The promises made to and fulfilled through David of making a kingdom.  The promises made Uzziah and Ahab and all of the descendants is fulfilled in each of us tonight.

Therefore, as a royal people, descended by and through Water and Blood, fed with the precious gift of Jesus Christ Body and Blood, we no longer are strangers in this land, but heirs of eternal life through Jesus Christ sacrifice for all of mankind.  And the beginning of the sacrifice occurs on bended knee around a manger, where Jesus Christ was placed, because there was no room in the inn.  So let us who are grafted into the Royal Line of the King of Kings, venture to Bethlehem to pay homage to a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.  For Jesus Christ, our Royal Priest and King comes into this World to set all of mankind including all of us saints gathered here at Emmanuel free from our sins because of His great love for all of us.  AMEN.
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