13 Dec Sermon Snap Shot December 8, 2019
“Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings…'”
Yes, we learn early on in the Scriptures that it pains the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to see his children suffer, to watch his children struggle under oppression. And it could be argued that the entirety of the Old Testament and the the Gospels reflects this same Good News: God not only hears the cries of the poor, broken and oppressed, but God does something about it.
Over and over again, we see God seeking to fix or remedy the situation, to bring about his will and his reign on this earth. Until eventually, we celebrate the incarnation at Christmas when God decides that through Mary’s son he will set things right. God will turn things upside down or, better yet, right side up. The poor, the powerless, the oppressed – the most broken of our world – will be lifted up while the proud, powerful and rich (those who live like there is no God) will be humbled.
From Sunday December 8 message based on the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56, “The Good News of Christmas: God Hears the Cries of the Broken and Oppressed”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC