Saturday, January 4, 2014

Consolation In Community (Sermon Audio Matthew 2: 13-23)

This passage is the story of history repeating itself. Because of the fear of a tyrant, another genocide affects the nation of Israel; Herod attempts to exterminate Jesus. Whereas Jesus is spared, many young boys are killed.

What appears to be a throwaway verse becomes a calling for a community in Christ. The scene depicts an inconsolable mother wailing for her murdered child. Consolation is not a formula, recipe, or dictation of those surrounding those who lament. Consolation comes when those who lament trust their community. A community rooted in forgiveness and compassion, exemplified in the death and resurrection of Jesus, provides that space where healing and consolation can make its way.

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