A Way in a Manger | Week 1
Isaiah 42:1-4; John 1:1-5, 10-13
Every Christmas we sing, “Come thou long expected Jesus,” but has anyone wondered what kind of Jesus we expect? Has anyone wondered if we miss him today, perhaps for the same reason they missed him then: he came in a way unexpected. If what is lying in a manger is truly a savior, a Christ and a Lord, then we need to re-think what salvation means and how, exactly, it occurs. The manger is not what we hope for, nor how things get done in our world, yet Jesus is still the savior of the world and he is able be this from a minority position. Perhaps he always enters through a manger because there is never room for him in the inn. This sermon will stress the importance of simplicity and call us to be different, because in the foolishness of Christmas is the wisdom of God.