It is Christmastime once again. I pray that your Christmas will be filled with Christ.
If you are looking for a place to worship, I invite you to come to Faith Lutheran Church. Services will be Christmas Eve (candlelight) December 24: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Christmas Day December 25: 10:00 a.m.
What follows is a portion of a sermon preached by Martin Luther (16th C) on Christmas Day:
Faith is first, and it is right that we recognize it as the most important in every word of God. It is of no value only to believe that this history [of Christ’s birth] is true as it is written; for all sinners, even those condemned believe that. The Scripture, God’s Word, does not teach concerning faith, that it is a natural work, without grace. The right and gracious faith which God demands is, that you firmly believe that Christ is born for you, and that this birth took place for your welfare. The Gospel teaches that Christ was born, and that he did suffer and suffered everything in our behalf, as is here declared by the angel: “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people; for there is born to you this day a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”In these words you clearly see that he is born for us.
He does not simply say, Christ is born, but to you he is born, neither does he say ,I bring glad tidings, but to you I bring glad tidings of great joy. Furthermore, this joy was not to remain in Christ, but it shall be to all the people. This faith no condemned or wicked man has, nor can he have it; for the right ground of salvation which unites Christ and the believing heart is that they have all things in common. But what have they?
Christ has a pure, innocent, and holy birth. Man has an unclean, sinful, condemned birth; as David says, Ps 51:5, “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Nothing can help this unholy birth except the pure birth of Christ. But Christ’s birth cannot be distributed in a material sense neither would that avail anything; it is therefore imparted spiritually, through the Word, as the angel says it, it is given to all who firmly believe so that no harm will come to them because of their impure birth. This is the way and manner in which we are to be cleansed from the miserable birth we have from Adam. For this purpose Christ willed to be born, that through him we might be born again, as he says in John 3:3, that it takes place through faith; as also St James says in 1:18: “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”
Complete Sermons of Martin Luther (seven-volume set), vol. 1.1.Christmas Day. Text: Luke 2:1-14. Baker Book House Company. 2000. Pgs 143-144.
Pastor Kieser, Headmaster
Faith Lutheran School of Plano