Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone Blessed Christmas Season - 2019

+ Jars of Clay +

 

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

 

At this time of year, our minds are drawn to thoughts of our Savior, as they should be. The ages-old story is always fresh and exciting to us as Christians as we rejoice in our Father’s great love for us shown in His sending His own Son for us. That Son came in the form of a Baby Who was nurtured inside His mother’s body, a “treasure in [a jar] of clay” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

 

The Lord of heaven and earth had an idea which he was eager to convey to man, the message of His divine love, the Word of pardon, peace, and joy. In His unsearchable wisdom, He took this idea, which He was so eager to communicate to the human family, wrapped it up in a person, and laid it in a manger.

 

The angels announced His birth; the shepherds left their sheep and came to worship Him; the Wise Men traveled many miles to adore Him and bring Him their gifts. “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). She still had “this treasure in [a jar] of clay.”

 

That is the eternal significance of Christmas. “Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness,” says St. Paul. “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16). “The Word was made flesh, (John 1:14) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the Only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Indeed, God wrapped up this wondrous message of His love in the Person of His only-begotten Son and sent that Son from heaven to earth, so that all men everywhere might know what is in His Father's heart: His good and gracious will toward all mankind, His compassion.

 

We, too, have this “treasure...the surpassing power [that] belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4:7b). We have the Word dwelling in us in the Word and the Sacraments! His great power enables and equips us to be stewards who can fulfill any task our Savior lays before us. “I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). He gives us the courage to witness of His birth and life and death and resurrection. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). He gives us gifts to serve His people and to reach out to those still outside His kingdom. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).

 

During this time of Advent and Christmas, let us “[treasure] up all these things, pondering them in [our hearts].” And let us ask God to use us according to His plan to spread the news of that treasure. To all who seek to know what is in the heart of the God of heaven, the Christmas Gospel extends the invitation” Come to Bethlehem’s manger. Here is the heart of God revealed. Here is the Word of God made flesh (true God and true man) in a jar of clay.

 

In Christ, the Gift to be shared,

Pastor Nowak 

 

 

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To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

To whomever will come, our church opens its doors in the name of Jesus Christ.

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