Sermons

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

December 24, 2018

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN.

I seem to be addicted to Facebook.  The other evening, I saw a post by a friend.  It was about a professor who accused God of sexual misconduct for impregnating the Virgin Mary without consent.

I am sorry to begin a Christmas sermon this way, but actually the rebuttal for the professor’s argument is something important that has to be said.  He is arguing that it is impossible to believe that the Virgin Mary consented to bearing God’s Son because God is all-powerful and therefore she would have no choice.

This premise is completely mistaken.  The professor does not profess to be a Christian -- Quite the opposite.  It seems as if he is a Satanist – not my judgment, but his social media profile indicates that this is his preference.  It is his choice.  The irony is that his very lifestyle helps to defeat his argument.

We are created with free will.  Because of this, this Professor can choose to not worship God.  If God were in the habit of forcing people to do His will, the Professor would have no choice.  But he does.  He can choose.  He can choose because he has free will.

Why does God give us free will?  The answer comes down to one word – love.  God knows that true love is not coerced or forced.  True love is a choice.  We have a choice to love God or not.  We have free will.

The Virgin Mary had a choice.  The Angel Gabriel laid out before her the plan that God had for her and her part in the salvation of the world.  Mary had a choice.  And Mary made her choice – “Be it unto me according to your will.”

Jesus was full human and fully divine.  Jesus had a choice.  When He was in the garden of Gethsemane and praying to His Father, He said, “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."  Jesus chose to die for us.

         

The Apostles had a choice.  On the day of Pentecost, they were given the gift of the Holy Spirit so that they could go into the world and tell others about Jesus and what He did in their lives.  They could choose to go or not.  They had free will.  They chose to go and tell the known world about Jesus.

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, we have free will.  We have been baptized into the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We have been asked by Jesus to go into the world and tell others about Him, to bring others into relationship with Him.

During this Christmastide, what will you choose?  We can joyfully give our presents, eat our dinners, sing our carols, and not speak a word about the truth of who Jesus is in our lives.  Or we can tell others about Jesus in our actions and in our words. We can choose, because we have free will.  What will you choose?  AMEN.