Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This Week's Readings In Church
December 24, 2011 The readings for Christmas Eve are Is. 7:10-14, Titus 2:11-14, and Luke 2:1-14, 15-20. Our Lord promises deliverance from evil. He assures us that He has defeated sin, death, and the devil’s work by His coming. He has taken away our sin and given us His lived-out righteous life. Yet, swallowed up by our circumstances and frustrations, we challenge God to really intervene. Our Gospel reading tells how our Lord has come to be born—God with us. And, when the grace of God appeared, He redeemed us from our doubt. In Him, we wait for Him to come again for us. December 25, 2011 The readings for Christmas Day are Isaiah 52:7-10; Heb. 1:1-6, 7-12; and John 1:1-14, 15-18. Merry Christmas! God our Lord has revealed His Word of promise—His life and Light to us who have wandered in the darkness of sin. We know the story so well we can almost recite its events with eyes closed. But, the Light of the Word become flesh still shines in the darkness of our sin. He opens our eyes of faith that, coming to us, declares us to be children of God, born of His salvation.