This year Christmas Day has fallen on a Sunday, so we gathered for our normal noon SLT service. Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 98, Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4, John 1:1-14.
Merry Christmas! How many times have you seen that written or heard it said in the past few weeks? It almost replaces ‘Hello’ as the greeting of choice at this time of the year. However, for many people this is not a merry time. They may be unwell, grieving the loss of a loved one, suffering unemployment and financial problems or faced with an important relationship which is going wrong. It seems that the first Christmas, the time when God became incarnate as a baby in order to bring salvation to the world, has really changed very little. Life is still hard and full of challenges.
The story of salvation is a long one running throughout the Bible. Even as God condemned Adam and Eve to a difficult life away from the Garden of Eden, he was planning to make things right again. He called Abram and Sarai to leave their home and relatives and journey into an uncertain future, uncertain that is apart from God’s promise that this was the beginning of a great nation. That couple was too old to have children and yet God brought about the birth of Isaac and the nation he promised grew from there. Continue reading