A SENSE-SATIONAL CHRISTMAS #2!--“The Tastes of Christmas” (Psalm 119:103; Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 3:1-7; John 1:1-3, 14, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 11:17-26; Revelation 10:8-11) From sweet candies to rich and full Christmas dinners, there are many wonderful tastes to enjoy in this joyous season! And yet—like the bitter-sweetness of Communion, which is life to us but death to Jesus—there are sour tastes that cause us to realize we’ve missed the mark of the true message of Christmas. Come sample the full menu of the full gospel this Sunday.
“THE TASTES OF CHRISTMAS”
Three Tastes from Kriebel Christmas Stockings
One from My Dad’s Day: An Orange
Two from My Day: One Practical and the Other a Treat
Tell Me YOUR Christmas Taste Favorites!
We don’t want to eat our words, but we DO want to eat THE Word!
Jesus gives us the gift of the Written Word: Scripture!
The Word of God is frequently “tasty” and beneficial:
“Then I ate (the scroll), and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.” (Ezekiel 3:3b; emphasis added)
“How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” (Psalm 119:103; emphasis added)
“When I discovered Your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.” (Jeremiah 15:16; emphasis added)
But too often, God’s Word is ignored or rejected, misunderstood or misinterpreted, spat out or never even eaten:
“…(G)o to the house of Israel and speak my very words to them…. (T)he house of Israel will not listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart.” (Ezekiel 3:4, 7; emphasis added)
The LORD said to Isaiah, “Keep listening, but do not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand. Make the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their eyes….” (Isaiah 6:9b-10a; emphasis added)
John writes, “So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, ‘Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.” (Revelation 10:9; emphasis added)
Jesus gives us the gift of the Incarnate Word: Himself!
We’re drawn to Him because He became one of us as the Babe of Bethlehem: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him….So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (John 1:1-3, 14)
In the Eucharist, He becomes one with us as we taste the goodness of His grace and glory: “From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came though Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is Himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” (John 1:16-18)
Traditional Hymns ~ Dec. 4 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus ~ Emmanuel What Feast of Love
Contemporary Songs ~ Dec. 4
Holy Water ~ Behold ~ Build My Life No Longer Slaves ~ My Lighthouse
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