Birthing God. Christians believe the most profound thing - the creator of the universe took flesh and was born from a woman. We call it Christmas. Was does this truth mean for us?
This week in our "Birthing God" series we hear the story of Joseph, who, faced with a socially destroying decision, decided to shoulder the responsibility of an unwed mother, because he comes to believe it is the salvation of the world. His [and Mary's] decision honours all the decisions of followers of Christ everywhere who shoulder responsibility, sickness, one another's burdens in following the Christ who said, "Deny yourself, take up your cross [shoulder it] and follow me." Joseph and Mary's shouldering of this burden, allows Jesus to shoulder our burdens to open eternity.
Our second sermon in our Advent series - Birthing God. Last week we met the first people God used in his process of coming to earth, an older couple who were past it. The next person an angel visits is going to have to Hide it, a pregnancy out of wedlock! What does this say about our God? Hairy the puppet comes to help us work this out.
God is coming to earth. Who does he contact? Two people who are arguably long past it. Elizabeth and Zachariah.