Who is this Jesus Whose Birth We Celebrate?

Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Mary by Sallie Poet

Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Mary by Sallie Poet

As we await the big celebration of the coming of Christ, it is important for us to remember who Jesus was. I offer this snippet from an Advent sermon given by Bishop John Shelbly Spong on the first seventeen verses of the Gospel according to Matthew. After exploring the lives of the women the gospel writer includes in the genealogy of Jesus, Bishop Song invites us to re-think our image of Jesus. You can read a rough transcript of Bishop Spong’s sermon here 

In this snippet, Bishop Spong invites us to re-think our image of God in light of our knowledge of Jesus. 

You are the Bethlehem point.

Let the power of God in Christ enable you to live and to love and to be.

Let the God presence within you flow through you so that the love of God might

be known among all the people that God has created

and that God still loves.

Be the light and love of the world,

In the name of Yahweh,  Christ, and Spirit, One

Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.   Amen.

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