From Mere Existence To New Life

They understood what had been told them concerning the Child^They understood what had been told them concerning the Child

Luke 2:17
Luke 2:16-21

Sermon Week/Year

Octave of Christmas,

Sermon Topic

New Year,

Each New Year’s Day, it is the custom at an east coast University to hang the official senior class picture in the student union building. Underneath the photograph there is placed a verse from Scripture which best identifies with that particular class. One year, some students asked one of the professors for his opinion on what verse might be appropriate for the graduating class. He replied, “Verse thirty-five of chapter eleven in the Gospel of John.” The students quickly consulted the Scriptures to see what passage the professor had picked. It read, “Jesus wept.”

One year ago today, most of us made the customary New Year’s resolutions to change our life for the better. And, for many of us, “Jesus wept” might be the appropriate verse to describe how we’ve carried out those resolutions! But unlike our once-a-year resolutions, the New Testament call for change in our life — the Biblical challenge to be different — is constant. What does it mean “to be…

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