Posted on December 29th, 2008
Note: In an ordinary year, I would have likely observed the First Sunday after Christmas on the day this sermon was preached, 12/28/08. However, I will be away from Immanuel next Sunday and over the Epiphany holiday, consequently we are transferring Epiphany to the preceding Sunday, thus missing the readings for Christmas II, which also treats the Holy Innocents (as well as the flight into Egypt). Thus, we observed Holy Innocents this past Sunday. Christmas pageants are cute because they don’t tell you the whole story. They usually end with the wise men leaving, and the kiddos coming out for the big finish. What they don’t tell you is that after the wise men leave, soldiers come. Soldiers sent by Herod the Great.