The First Christmas Carol

Pastor’s Notes
December 3, 2017

Are there those who want to or actually worship angels? When we identify one who has died as “now being an angel” in a real sense that is precisely what we are doing. We elevate him or her to a level never stated as so in the bible. We have a soul…angels don’t. Christ died for our soul, not his created angels. How do we know this about angels? Find one verse in the bible that says it differently. You won’t find it. Satan rebelled and will not be forgiven yet he was/is and Angel.star

We miss something per angels.” The word also means star! Light! Messenger! By implication it also means “pastor.” We tend to be boastful of our worship habits or Christian living, but will come in less than our perception of our self. The angels actually saw all of creation as it happened; the heavens, earth, inhabitants, man, their own creation. However, they are not boastful. They give total allegiance and praise to God. The only exception is the fallen angels who Lucifer leads. We need to sing all praise and worship songs with joy. His angels did and do. This is evidenced at the First Christmas Carol sung by the angels to a rather surprised cluster of shepherds.

Can we see angels? Even if we have or think we have, they are not the objects of worship. We need to ask, “Where is Christ in our daily living?” Morning prayer; evening prayer; meals only; middle of our day; weekend Sundays? Christianity is a way of life; not a religion.

Angels gave all glory to God for the birth of Jesus. Why? They knew his purpose was for the salvation of mankind. They also understood their position within creation.

Angels sang a song never before sung, We can still sing it today. Shepherds had little to boast about per their careers in the outer pasture lands guarding their sheep.  Just because the angels first appeared to them they didn’t boast of that fact. They declared the Messiah had been born.

There was a third note within these events. Without the birth of Jesus there would have been no cross. No cross is our loss. We would be no better off than the fallen angels under Satan’s thumb. The peace (on earth) of God is not a political peace. It is a personal peace regardless of the events that surround us. God first, last and I the middle.

Jesus and cross

Final Beatitude -Pastor’s Note

Matthew 5:10 is the eighth and final beatitude. “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake, for great is your reward in heaven.” [KJV]

Pastor Mike asked the congregation “Do you feel persecuted?”  Don’t we all at times?  But this verse is speaking about being maligned for Jesus’ sake.   Can you withstand torment for Jesus?  Can you remain faithful and stay the Christian course?

vandalism-There are martyrs who give their lives for their faith. We hear of students in the Mideast who are killed for saying they are Christians. In the years of old many men of faith died horribly and painfully. Could we?  I want to say yes. In the days ahead I feel we will be tested to limits unknown to us thus far.

“Thank you my Lord and Father for your love and faithfulness. May we put on the armor of God as we go forward.”

Rev. Gina Tuch (10-2017)

PS: (JIV) Persecution can come in many forms. It isn’t always the gallows or the end of a sword.

In this Matthew passage the Greek is diōkō. It can mean “to be forced to flee, suffer, be chased or pursued.” In a real sense it is like living a life under the thumb of a bully; always keeping an eye open for the next guaranteed encounter. This becomes clearer when one reads the next verse (5:11)…”to be reviled or disdained of men.”