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The Rev. Kyle Wallace: “Always Christmas, Never Winter” (Luke 2)

December 31, 2009

From the Church of the Good Shepherd in North Carolina we have an audio sermon for Christmas Eve by the Rev. Kyle Wallace, titled Always Christmas, Never Winter.  In this sermon (the title of which almost sounds to me like something from C.S. Lewis), Rev. Wallace tells us that Jesus came into the darkness of this world to glorify His Father and to save us from our sins.

J.C. Ryle points out about the shepherds in this passage:

Let us mark, before we leave the passage, the prompt obedience to the heavenly vision displayed by the shepherds. We see in them no doubts, or questionings, or hesitation. Strange and improbable as the tidings might seem, they at once act upon them. They went to Bethlehem in haste. They found everything exactly as it had been told them. Their simple faith received a rich reward. They had the mighty privilege of being the first of all mankind, after Mary and Joseph, who saw with believing eyes the new-born Messiah. They soon returned, “glorifying and praising God” for what they had seen.

May our spirit be like theirs! May we ever believe implicitly, act promptly, and wait for nothing, when the path of duty is clear! So doing, we shall have a reward like that of the shepherds. The journey that is begun in faith, will generally end in praise.

May we all have such a journey in faith, to praise Him now and in the world to come.

Let us mark, before we leave the passage, the prompt obedience to the heavenly vision displayed by the shepherds. We see in them no doubts, or questionings, or hesitation. Strange and improbable as the tidings might seem, they at once act upon them. They went to Bethlehem in haste. They found everything exactly as it had been told them. Their simple faith received a rich reward. They had the mighty privilege of being the first of all mankind, after Mary and Joseph, who saw with believing eyes the new-born Messiah. They soon returned, “glorifying and praising God” for what they had seen.

May our spirit be like theirs! May we ever believe implicitly, act promptly, and wait for nothing, when the path of duty is clear! So doing, we shall have a reward like that of the shepherds. The journey that is begun in faith, will generally end in praise.

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