SERMON SHORT FOR DECEMBER 23rd, 2018
Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:46-55
Micah offers us popular prophecy that comes up in the Christmas tradition. The time is coming when Bethlehem will be the source of someone who is going to be the king in Israel. It’s encouraging. The Israelites’ oppression will end and they will “live secure”. If I was hearing this at the time I’m sure I would have understood this to be a political king coming to set things right for us. That’s not what happens.
Because of prophecy like this we think of Jesus as the king. Why does that not work? Consider the things we associate with kingship. Power. Wealth. Force. They get their way. With Jesus, none of these is true.
He’s not the king we’re looking for at Christmas.