As I write this, it is a few days after the election. Some of us are sad at the outcome, some of us are happy. All of us, I think, have been rocked by the divisiveness we have seen this past election season.
In the Bible, particularly in the books of I and II Kings, we are told of a series of monarchs: some are good, most are bad, for, we are told "they did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord."
Our Christian hope is pinned not on earthly rulers, who are transient and fallible, but on Christ the King, who is eternal, who rules with justice, who is the Prince of Peace.
At Christmas, we are reminded, again, of the paradox of this: that the King we worship is a helpless baby, born in an out of the way place. That the ruler of the universe begins life as we did: no voice but a cry, no power but love, no wealth or worth, but the angels came to sing of the glory of this child.
Psalm 146 says "Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save." The psalm goes on to say: "Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob".
Friends, we are blessed, because the helpless baby who comes at Christmas is the same One who made the world, who saves us on the cross, and the One who rules for all time.
In the words of the angels: "Be not afraid, for behold, I bring to you good news of great joy, which shall be for all people: for to you is born this day a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
Christ is born! May your Christmas be filled with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Amen.