A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Friday, July 16, 2010

What Question Will You Ask God?

I ran across a Larry King Live clip of an interview he had with Naomi Judd. She asked Larry, "What will be the first question you will want to ask God?"

Larry responds, "Do you have a son?"

In addition to being a very creative and witty answer, Larry King's question he would ask of God, "Do you have a son?" reminds me of the importance of the celebration of Christmas.
Christmas answers this question through Joseph who was willing to undergo the shame and ridicule of people who believed that Mary had sexual relations with someone other than Joseph. And through the shepherds who encountered angels who told them, "To you is born in the city of David, a Savior." And to the Gospel writers, Luke and Matthew who were willing to tell the virgin birth story at the risk of being misunderstood by Jewish readers who would have known about the pagan world who had similar stories of heroes conceived without a human father.

Here at Lancaster First UMC in Lancaster, Ohio, we will be celebrating "Christmas in July" on Sunday, July 25, not just because it will be fun to sing Christmas carols and put up Christmas decorations in the middle of summer, but to remind ourselves and to announce to our community that God does have a son, Jesus Christ.

O come let us adore him.

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