Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Isaiah 61:10-62:3 & Galatians 4:4-7
Four words that changed the world are found in our scripture reading on the last Sunday of 2020 and the first Sunday after Christmas Day.
Just as it served to strengthen and encourage the faith of believers in the first century, the ramifications of God sending his Son are sources of strength and hope as we face a new year. Because Christ entered the world our daily living is now changed. God sending his Son changes everything from the womb to the tomb. God sending his Son changes what we were, changes who we are, and changes what we have. We were slaves, but now we are sons who have an inheritance.
These truths are also reflected in the Table of our Lord. For God sending his Son is the fulfillment of the ancient promise of a Savior to our first parents, Adam and Eve. This Son is the focus of the memorial of our redemption. The Lord’s Supper also looks forward to the day when we will eat this bread and drink this cup anew with Jesus in his kingdom, of which we are heirs together with and through him. God sending his Son acknowledges the reality of our suffering and the fulfillment of our deepest hopes. And God himself will make this deliverance a universal spectacle for all time.