April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

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The Truth Of Christmas

The Nativity of our Lord

from the book
Sermons On The First Readings
Series I, Cycle A


John T. Ball



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The early Christians were good at using the Hebrew Scriptures when confessing the meaning of Jesus as a saving power in their lives. There they discovered images and statements that put to words their own experiences of Jesus. One of those texts is the Old Testament lection for today. Isaiah 7:2--9 is likely a creation honoring King Hezekiah as he ascended the throne. Some of us might remember a similar instance of Robert Frost offering poetry at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Before Jesus, when the Jewish national fortunes were smothered by the power politics of larger surrounding nations, this Isaiah passage became a depiction of their hope for a future Messiah--King who would deliver the people from all their sins and oppressions:

And he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace ...
He will establish and uphold it [the throne]
With justice and with righteousness
From this time onward and evermore.

- Isaiah 9:6b, 7b


It is likely that the early Christians...

This The Nativity of our Lord sermon, The Truth Of Christmas, is based on Isaiah 9:2-7 and relates to The Nativity of our Lord of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The First Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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