Sermons

Christmas Day (Jn 1:1–18)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Jesus is the Word. Jesus is God. He’s “full of grace and truth.” He’s the true light, true life. “Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings,” as Hark! The Herald Angels puts it. Jesus, the Word, created everything, and then He took on the flesh He created to save us—die and rise for us. “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.” “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him.”

Jesus is the Word made flesh. He was sent from His Father to make Him known to you. He came from the Father to deliver you back to His Father. That’s what’s wrapped up in the Christmas story—and one more surprise! And so, Christmas is no different than any other Sunday, and yet everything’s eternally different because of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT WHAT JESUS, THE WORD, DOES FOR YOU. Continue reading

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Sermons

Christmas Day (Jn 1:1–14, 15–18)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Some of the greatest Words ever written. No other religion has that. There’s no one like Him: Word…flesh…among us. Set up shop among us. Pitched His tent among us. Tabernacled among us. Walked and talked among us. But not just Word among us—Word one of us! As we joyously sang, “God is man, man to deliver, And the Son Now is one With our blood forever.” “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Continue reading

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Sermons

Christmas Day (Jn 1:1–14)

December 25, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

The old carol “Now Sing We Now Rejoice” is included in Lutheran Service Book. The original carol was a mixture of Latin and German. Now, the only reason I’m saying this is because the original first stanza fits wondrously with our text from John chapter 1. In dulci jubilo” (In sweet rejoicing) Now sing with hearts aglow! Our heart’s consolation, lies in praesepio(in the Manger) “and He shines like the sun Matris in gremio” (in the mother’s lap) “Alpha es et O, Alpha es et O!” (You are the Alpha and the Omega.) That’s our joy this Christmas morning. What other sweet rejoicing can there be besides the fact that the Alpha and the Omega lies in a manger and shines brightly sitting in His mother’s lap FOR US. As John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This Word is the true light—“God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.” (NC) This is Jesus, the eternal, “only-begotten Son of the Father, full of a grace and truth.” This Jesus comes as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of [His] people Israel.” (Nunc Dimittis) This Jesus is the Truth and Light sent from above, and

JESUS, THE TRUE LIGHT, SHINES AMONG US. Continue reading

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