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The love of God is all we need

Built on a Rock
Pastor Nita Parker, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hills

I greet you in the name of the one who came for you!
In the scripture, Matthew gives us the birth of Jesus in a sentence and names him Jesus.
“24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.”
Matthew goes on to talk about the star, the wise men, and the plot of King Herod.
Mark starts with the baptism of John the Baptist and about the adult baptism of Jesus.
Luke has the longest and the most in-depth version of the birth of Jesus. He tells of the Angel visits to Mary, Joseph, and Zachariah. He tells wonderfully the birth story of both, and he gives us Mary’s song and Zachariah’s prophesy.
John starts out with tying the Genesis creation story to the divinity of Jesus and weaves together how God is present in this human, divine breath and life-giving Jesus, the Word made flesh.
“3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
As we move into a new year, a fresh start in life, let us not forget that the love of God created this world, the love of God created each of us, and the love of God will prevail especially when we all fail.
Let us turn our hearts and our minds to the One who loves us enough to lay down everything, that we may be with God in paradise! And that paradise, Heaven is all that we ever need!
May the Star of Bethlehem lead you to the path that God has set for you and give you all peace, knowing that the love of God is all any of us needs!
Blessings to you in 2023!

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