Today I’m delighted to be sharing a guest post by Annmarie Miles. Annmarie is a Christian and a writer from Tallaght in Dublin, now living in the beautiful village of Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. She blogs at auntyamo.com & you can find her on Twitter at @amowriting
I heard two great sermons on the same day recently – I was in the church I went to when I lived in Wales and they had a visiting preacher. Sometimes I find that a different venue and a different voice preaching gives you a fresh perspective and helps (sometimes even forces) you to open your ears and heart to catch what is being said.
Both sermons were preached by a Welshman whose 1st language is Welsh and he is a month away from retirement.
Yet this older man has his finger on the pulse of contemporary society and speaking in his second language, communicated it in a clear and encouraging way.
In the evening he took us to the beginning of the Gospel of Luke. My first thought was, ‘bit early for the nativity aren’t we?’ I’m sure I wasn’t alone in wondering how this man would make the well known ‘advent’ verses relevant in July, never mind July 2013.
He read the words that the angel spoke to Mary when he told her that she would give birth to Jesus. The angel said to her:
‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’ Luke 1:30-33
The preacher concentrated on 3 things that the angel said about Jesus.
1. He will be great
2. He will be call the Son of the Most High
3. His kingdom will never end
I was encouraged and at the same time a bit ashamed; because in the midst of all that is going on today, I’ve allowed myself to forget that.
There is a political and social agenda that is against the things of God, but also, the Christian viewpoint is unwelcome and attacked in the public square. I’ve allowed myself to forget that Jesus is GREAT. He is the Son of the Most High and His Kingdom will never end. It was and is and always will be true.
Yet I find myself hiding in the shadows like the Apostle Peter listening to the cock crow!
All the things that Mary saw her son go through, I wonder did she ever look back and question what the angel had said. There were times when he was considered great but it didn’t last and as Jesus hung on the Cross she must have doubted the prophecy of the angel.
The society we live in does not acknowledge the greatness of Jesus or His kingdom. But those things are still true and we can rejoice in the sovereignty of God and the truth of the angel’s words.
Because Jesus is great,
He IS the son of the most high
and his kingdom will last; forever.
What a fantastic truth, now all I need to do is live it! 😉
She has an Honours Degree in Theology and is currently studying for a Post Grad Diploma in Applied Theology with the Irish Bible Institute.
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