For thousands of years God's people have waited. Since the fall, we have waited, and the church continues to wait. Those who are asleep in Christ as well as we who are alive... we wait. We wait for the restoration of all creation; for the removal of sin and all its deformity, decimation, and desecration.
And while we wait, our Lord comes. He came to the Hebrews in fire, cloud, and manna. He came to Mary and the disciples in flesh and blood. And He comes to us in Bread and Wine.
The season of Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior. The coming of our Immanuel, God with us. And He is with us. He is the Christ and He comes to us in His Word and Sacraments. Advent ends with Christmas, with the Christ Mass. Advent ends with the giving of the very thing we have been praying would come. It ends with our Lord coming to us in the Holy Supper; His true body, His true blood. We kneel at the altar just as the shepherds knelt at the manger, and we also... behold the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.
Receive Christ this Christmas. Receive His body and His blood. Receive His Word. Receive His forgiveness.
Amen, Come Lord Jesus.
St. John Lutheran Church celebrates Christmas at 9:00 on Christmas morning.
416 Main Ave.