Sermon Snap Shot December 24, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot December 24, 2017

I made the point several weeks ago that Matthew, in writing his Gospel, was trying to make the case that Jesus was the New Moses, the heir par exellence of the Abrahamic promise, the one who came not only to interpret the Law properly but to fulfill it as well.
 
Luke’s Gospel, however, is quite different, mainly because most scholars believe that he was writing primarily to a Gentile audience, one that was saturated in the Greco-Roman religiosity of the day. And one who knew what living in the empire entailed as a narcissistic, egotistical emperor who thought he was God required obedience and homage from his subjects.
 
So when Luke reports that the angel Gabriel claims that this baby will be mega, extraordinary, “Son of the Most High” and “Son of God,” the Gentile hearers of this “Good News” would have heard descriptors that stood strongly and explicitly against the prevailing religiosity and ruling powers of that day.
 
“Hey…friends…listen up! I have great news to share! Want to meet the Son of the one true God – the one who will be far greater, far more powerful than Caesar Augustus could ever dream of being? Then don’t look to Mount Olympus and don’t go to Rome. But go to Nazareth and look to Bethlehem – there you will find THE leader of the world, THE one in whom we find TRUE peace, meaning, purpose and life!”
 
From Christmas Eve morning’s message based on Luke 1:26-38 entitled, “What Shall His Name Be? Son of the Most High, Son of God”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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