A sermon for Christmas Eve by Asst. Curate Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer, delivered at the Midnight Communion service on Monday 24th December 2018.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was with God, in the beginning. (John 1:1-2)
In this inspired, poetic writing, at the start of John’s gospel, a profound theological idea is conveyed to us in a few short phrases. They hide, in their brevity, an astonishing revelation: that a baby born in Bethlehem, is God-made-flesh and come to dwell among us.
‘The Lord will bring you a sign. A young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel’ (Is. 7: 14)
The baby of Bethlehem is sign of Immanuel, God-with-us; God’s spoken word of peace and reconciliation to the world; the restoration of Jerusalem.
‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces shalom, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Jerusalem, your God reigns.’ (Is. 52: 7)
May God’s wholeness and reconciling peace with us, as we give thanks for God’s generous Word to the world; given through the baby in Bethlehem, the sign who brings good news, announces salvation and says to Jerusalem, your God reigns.
Readings: Isaiah 52, 7-10; Hebrews 1 1-4; John 1 1-14