Posts tagged “Circumcision of Jesus

Sermo Dei: Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Posted on January 1st, 2017

In six days God made the world, and on the seventh, He rested, for everything that He had made was very good. It did not stay good for long. The man God made fell. He returned to the earth from which He was formed. All those who followed were afflicted with the same congenital condition – mortality. Incurable. Inescapable. Terrifying. Liquor and licentiousness, the building of cities and then their destruction by warfare, tyranny and anarchy, the acquisition of possessions and the achievement of fame or infamy – nothing could satisfy the longing man had for life. Still he died – generation upon generation. What was needed was not a greater effort, a new discovery, or a refined philosophy. What was needed was a…

Sermo Dei: The Name of JESUS

Posted on January 1st, 2014

Eve of the Circumcision and Name of JESUS December 31, 2013 Luke 2:21 God cannot be known merely through His attributes. To say that God is omnipotent, omniscient, or eternal tells us nothing about His disposition or intentions. Even the sacred name of God revealed to Moses at the burning bush tells us nothing about how He is minded. Yahweh – “I AM,” or, “He who is,” “the existing One” – still leaves us with distant abstractions. In this Holy Child born of Mary, the sacred name revealed of old, Yahweh, is joined to another Hebrew word, shua. Shua means “saves.” The Name of this Holy Child is God’s sermon to the world, a sermon in two words: Yahweh Saves. That’s what JESUS means:…

Circumcision and Name of Jesus 2012

Posted on January 17th, 2012

Luke 2:21 January 1, 2012 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Among the so-called New Atheists, there is a breed that relies not on rational argument but biting rhetoric. By way of example, an article in the New Statesman condemns belief in a god or gods like this: Christian beliefs come from a book (the Bible), which is stupid because, after all, there are seven books claiming Harry Potter is a wizard, and everybody recognizes that is fiction. The conclusion? Since Harry Potter comes from a book, nothing that comes from a book can be believed. The man who advances this argument is a university professor, which makes me wonder how well he would do in…

The Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Posted on January 1st, 2010

As we review the year coming to a close – how have we used it? “Is there one commandment we have not transgressed? Is there one day in which we have not sinned?” Is there one gift for which we have been perfectly thankful and used as God intended? “Is there one rescue from trouble for which we have offered the proper priase to God” (Walther)? Is there one sermon we have heard (or preached) that we have fully applied and taken to heart? As this year comes to a close, we can only cry out, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” And for those good things we have done, we can only say, “We are but unprofitable servants; we have only done…