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 Originally delivered on December 25, 1987

Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matthew 1:1-125

The good news for humans is celebrated today in the birth of Jesus as a fragile baby.   We had all been waiting long, and it was becoming an obsessive topic of conversation:  “When will He come?”  Today we celebrate the birth, not coming as a king or great ruler, but as a child, his destiny clothed in our humanity.  For all people, the promise has been kept.  He has entered into our world as a human. We are reminded that “you can’t have it both ways” — the promise of a free people making decisions for themselves and God as a leader providing everything. But in Jesus, we are shown the way.  Along with the freedom we are afforded, we pay the price that Jesus paid. We walk in search of God with all the pain and suffering that we must sometime endure to reach Him.  But it’s pain and suffering Jesus endured with us, and through it, we are granted salvation. Today we celebrate the arrival of Jesus on earth.  May our future be filled with us learning more about His message to us to achieve our salvation with God.