In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Joy to the World the Lord is come, let earth receive her king! It is accomplished. It was planned from the foundation of the earth. (Eph. 1:3-4) So why do nations still fret? Why do they stamp their feet like prancing ponies, or petulant pre-schoolers, slamming doors like tantrumming teens yelling at their parents, “I hate you. Your ruining my life. I wish I’d never been born.” But the slammed door does not change the facts. The angry teen has been born. The kings of the earth can plan all they want, but it does not change the facts. Christ has come. All the kings of the world can’t change what the Lord had planned, nor what the Lord has done. For Our Lord’s birth and death have carved out for Him a bulwark, a people, a nation, a Church, a mountain, in the midst of His rebellious creation, by which He saves some from the raging flood of their sin.
The Bible has many images of God. He is a caring mother (Isa. 66:13) who cries over His lost children, who longs to gather them into her embrace and protect them. (Matt. 23:37) But we dare not forget that He is also a great king whose will can not be thwarted. He lives in the heavens. His position is unassailable by any human foe. Even though worldly rulers might seek to pour out their wrath against Him or His Church, they can not touch Him, they can not thwart His plans. Though they have set themselves, though they have readied themselves for war against the Lord and His anointed, though Herod and so many rulers since have tried to slaughter and stamp out the Christ and His Church (Matt. 2:16-20), the living One of heaven laughs. (Ps. 2:4) He turns up His nose and ridicules them for their foolishness. The flood of words from His mouth terrifies and sets the powerful of our world into fits. His intense desire for our salvation established His king on His holy hill. By His declaration it has happened, “Though you set yourselves against Me, I have established My Son for you. And lifted Him above you. You are His, O nations of the earth, to do with as He pleases. And as My Son, He does what pleases Me.”
In +Jesus’ name, Amen.
—Pastor David Haberstock
Epiphany Lutheran Church
Thunder Bay, ON