Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Sermon 1/6/13

Today the Wise Men come to Bethlehem. It has always been a focus of interest because of the "star" they followed to the stable. For some reason this literalism is important to people, mostly skeptics, when the huge implications of the story are ignored.

In this gospel Herod, the Jewish king, conspires to kill the Christ child and the Wise Men, non-Jews, come to worship Him. The local Jewish shepherds come first, then the Wise Men--with the murderous leadership in the background. This early gospel is a virtual metaphor for the entire New Testament.

The inclusion of the Gentiles in those who can be saved, a notion that some attribute to Paul and not Christ, is shown here, in the Wise Men, at the very start of Christ's appearance.

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