Archive for January 2016
Baptism of Our Lord: January 10th 2016
Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The Baptism of Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire and the Baptism of Jesus
Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. He also went down to the River Jordan where John the Baptizer – dressed like Elijah of old, was baptizing what seemed to be Jerusalem and all of Judea, flocking around him to hear him, confessing their sins, and becoming baptized. John did not mince words and approaching him meant an encounter with the truth about oneself.
Before John baptism had only been used for proselytes – those Gentiles, who wanted to become Jews. Gentiles were considered unclean and the water symbolically washed that away so they could be as clean and pure as the Jews. John charged that the Jews themselves had become unclean and they themselves had to start over with their baptisms, merely being circumcised was not enough.
So John was taking them all down a notch – Jews and Gentiles were both sinners and their sin had to be washed away. They needed to be drowned in life-giving water and come out of the water a new creation.
Jesus was John’s cousin and John recognized him, knew he was the Messiah sent by the Father in heaven and said, “Jesus, you don’t need to be baptized!” But Jesus became a human being like one of us and he identified with us sinners, and knowing he was going to bear our sin and even become sin for us, he went into the river and John baptized him as well, for our sake. We could say, “By Jesus baptism, we became clean, pure, and sinless, because he let the filth of our sin cover him and let the River Jordan wash it off.
Now ordinarily we connect baptism with water, but in scripture it is connected with all the four ancient elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. Then we have to add suffering to that, because Jesus asks James and John, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Jesus connects communion with suffering as well when he prays, “Abba, Father…take this cup away from me, yet not my will, but thy will be done.” Then Jesus drinks the cup of suffering to the lees.
The Isaiah passage this morning that pronounces with such utmost assurance, God’s steadfast love for us, already has the baptism of water and fire. “When you pass through the water, I will be with you and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.” Jesus is with us when we go under and we are raised up as Christs, when we are lifted back out of the water gasping for the Holy Spirit.
Then in the baptism of fire, the flames will not consume us, but all our sin like dross, all our attachments to our old rebellious nature against God, will be burned away.
I grew up hearing about the baptism of fire. My father was a machine-gunner through all the battles of World War I and he talked about how men would freeze up completely under fire until they had overcome the terror of being killed at any moment. When our family was in Hamburg when it was being bombed and the air-pressure of a falling bomb would slam everyone against a wall, only my father could react, give orders, and get everyone into the bomb shelters. The children would look into the faces of their parents for comfort and see they were just as frightened as they were.
God’s baptism of fire is, however, a creative fire, a purifying fire, and in it we do not get burned, but recreated, refashioned, made completely new.
Our naming usually takes place in our baptisms. So the One who created us says, “I have called you by name, you are mine!” Ah, recreate us, dear Lord, form us anew!
And look how precious we are in God’s sight! God would not give only six prisoners from Gitmo for us, as for the soldier Bergdahl, but God would give nations, whole peoples for us, in exchange for us. Israel might give over 100 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, we are so precious in God’s sight, God would give all of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sheba in exchange for us. You and I, who are undergoing our baptisms, are most precious in the sight the Lord. God seems helplessly in love with us!
For the baptism of earth, St. Paul says in Romans, “We have been buried with Jesus by baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life.” So buried we get raised out of our graves with him. As soon as we open ourselves to following Christ, we really get buried in all the things we have to do and everything involved in saving the lost. But you can’t keep a good woman down; you can’t keep a good man down! God becomes the strength of our strength and we are pulled out from under it all by placing our hand “in the hand of the Man who stilled the water, who calmed the sea, in the hand of the Man from Galilee,” to quote the song.
The baptism of the wind is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A young doctor who died at the age of 37 just entitled his book “When Breath Becomes Air.” When baptized by the Holy Spirit our air becomes living breath, the breath of God, the Spirit of God. A Black preacher once told us White pastors that we were afraid of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, because we always wanted to be in control and when the Holy Spirit comes over you, you are swept off your feet and you can have no control.
But we can entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit and we can allow the Holy Spirit to sweep us off our feet, because it is not wind like the air, but God’s Spirit – caring much more than we can care about ourselves, more knowing of us than we know ourselves, more loving than all the love we can muster from inside ourselves. Now the wind would blow us right into something and hurt us. The Holy Spirit carries and moves us in ways that are simply wonderful, bringing healing, life, and salvation, more abundantly to those to whom it carries us, but also to ourselves. So the Holy Spirit is not merely wind, but God, the Holy Spirit, with caring and concern, love and wisdom, far greater than ours. So let us give up our control and allow ourselves to be moved.
The commentary notes that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus bodily like a dove when he was praying. So receiving the Holy Spirit is very much involved with our prayer-life, which for me I know needs work. Before the Day of Pentecost, the scripture says, the disciples “were constantly devoting themselves to prayer,”
Now no one can possess the Holy Spirit by prophesying or speaking in tongues, and then feel superior to those unmoved. We can never possess the Holy Spirit and those that think they do deceive themselves. The Holy Spirit possesses us and that possession is freedom. That possession frees us from all our possessions and from all evil that comes over us.
Last of all, Jesus refers to the baptism of suffering and very few of us escape it. A friend of mine really wants to die in his sleep and not have to suffer. But most of us have to suffer in one form or the other when we die. But that suffering is merely the birth-pangs, the contractions leading to the new life we live with and in God. Luther draws quite an analogy: what this great big wide world is to the small womb out of which a baby is born, so the wonderful new more spacious heavens and earth that we enter dying are to this world we leave. That is why Luther says, the death of the saints is called Natalis, meaning their birth. Yes, dying we cross the River Jordan, whose waters are chilly and cold, chills the body but warms the soul. Dying in Christ, we are raised up into the wonders of a new heaven and earth, having undergone our baptism with him and having drunk from his cup. Amen.
 Mark 10:38.
 Mark 14:36.
 Romans 6:4.
 Acts lists the 12 disciples and then says, “All of these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary, the mother of Jesus as well as his brothers.” (Acts 1:13-14)
The Second Sunday of Christmas January 3rd 2016
Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 147:12-20 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:1-18e
John’s Signs of Enlightenment
This is the third time the introduction or Prologue of John has come up in our recent lessons. In our adult studies Sunday mornings at quarter of nine, we’ll be looking closer at this very important Gospel. I’ll use some verses as building blocks to understand God’s Word for us. Don’t forget that it is the 7th Day of Christmas and considering “the Word become flesh” keeps us in the glow and the light of Christmas.
“The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” “Flesh” in Hebrew is their idiomatic way of referring to human beings. “All flesh is grass …the grass withers” and dies. That means human beings are mortal. Thus it means that the word or logos in Greek became a human being. That verse has to be seen in the light of John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that God gave God’s only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him, will not perish but receive everlasting life.
Thus the good news is that the way God’s heart ached for the Hebrew slaves suffering in Egypt, now God’s heart ached with so much love for all of us sinners that God self-differentiated into the Father and Son and became one of us in Christ. (I think I can use that term.) John has a very high Christology. The Word or the second person of the most Holy Trinity was God and with God at the creation. A low Christology is Adoptionist, that God saw how good Jesus was and adopted him as a Son. John begs to differ.
Now this Prologue is like a flashlight whose beam shines through the whole Gospel, just like God thought through the whole creation, through the redemption brought by God’s Son, Jesus, all the way through our salvation in the Holy Spirit.
In the incarnation heaven and earth become one. That’s why the shepherds could see the angels on Bethlehem’s hills. And we somehow become taken into God, taken into the Blessed Trinity. Each Person of the Holy Trinity dances mutually in the other Persons and their predominant assignment. So the Son is also completely involved in the creation. Perichoresis is the great word for this dance in the wonderful mutuality of the communion of the Persons of the Trinity with their involvement in each other. The word “perichoresis” comes from the Greek. And then Jesus includes us saying:
On that day you will know that I am in the Father and you in me and I in you. (and then some chapters later) As you, Father are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us…The glory that you have given me, I have given them, so that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me that they may become completely one…
We too are caught up in the perichoresis of the Holy Trinity, so that our empathy with each other, our communion, mean that our selves completely are in there with each other to shoulder each other’s burdens.
Roughly, the Gospel of John moves from the Prologue to the Book of Signs, ending with the Passion story. Remember how the Prologue says, “In the beginning was the Word and that Word was with God” from the very foundation of the world. The Son is the Word of God, the Light of the world. In the words of the Psalm,
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!…For with you is the fountain of life and in your light we see light.
That is the light which existed before the creation of the sun, moon, and stars: the fountain or source of all our lives and our sentient consciousness, and the birth of love. The One from heaven brought even our material and natural world into existence, because our text says, through the Logos all things were created and without him not one thing was created, to translate the Greek somewhat differently.
According to a theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, the birth of life was followed by the birth of thought, which was followed by the birth of love. But that loving creative Word was there at the beginning, so love gave birth to life, which gave birth to thought. Then our text states, the One, who was the true light, come into the world to enlighten everyone.
We sing, “This little light of mine,I’m going to let it shine, ” but did you consider that we receive enlightenment in Christ?
Here’s where John’s signs come in. The other gospels call the acts Jesus performed miracles, but John calls them signs, which for him are not merely miracles, but significant acts, which for our seeing eyes and understanding minds symbolize eternal realities.
In John’s book of signs, Jesus begins by changing water into wine, which is his first sign, showing that the Old Testament is now transformed into the New, the law of Moses is fulfilled in the truth and grace of Christ, the commandments replaced by the promises of God that give us the strength to fulfill them. The whole quality of our existence and all our relationship are transformed, like water compared to wine. Then Jesus heals a boy through his access to the fountain of life. Later he raised Lazarus from the dead and even is raised by God himself. But he always cries out, “Those who have ears to hear, let them hear!” In his signs he opens the ears of the deaf, opens the eyes of the blind, and opens the minds and hearts of the people, so that they, in that day and we today, become enlightened by the love and light by which Christ Jesus lived. He heals a person who is paralyzed, meaning that we too can be empowered to do all kinds of creative and good works.
Our prayer for the day emphasized “doing,” i.e., that “we reflect the light of the incarnate word in all that we do.” But we first have to reflect that light in all that we are.
Mary and Joseph found no room at the inn. We have to pray: “Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, there’s room in my heart for you.” We have to accept him as opposed to his coming into his own and his own people not accepting him. But all of us receiving him, who believe in his name, Jesus gives the power to become the children of God, who are not born merely naturally, but born of God, born from above, born of heaven.
That means where our natural parents left off, where their up-bringing ran out, God starts bringing us up. That is where we can be sure of experiencing growing pains. I remember in the throes of the inner-city ministry how we exclaimed, “My mother never said it would be like this!” The only way through it is through it. But it leads from one maturity to the next, grace upon grace, so that people will also behold the glory of Christ in us, full of truth and grace, with the life of Christ in us, and his loving heart throbbing within us.
These signs of Christ also become our living experience. From a rule and law based-existence, our existence is caught up in the promises of God. We begin to live lives of faith, throwing all our worries overboard and trusting God, who in Christ is a person of his word, keeping his word to us, so that all the promises of our lives come true.
Our enlightenment comes when God opens our ears. As Isaiah says, “Morning by morning God awakens, wakens my ears to hear as an apprentice” that means, learning the skill of hearing. And the Lord God gives me the tongue of an apprentice, so that we can lift up, sustain, the weary and the depressed with a word. When we are born from above out of God we receive new senses, because we become part of the new creation.
And believe it or not, God chose us before the foundation of the world. We were the twinkling stars in God’s eyes even before the world was created, in the words of our epistle. And we do not take our heavenly places after we die, but after we have been baptized and died in the death of Christ, so that by the death of death, we are catapulted into our eternal life right now, here and now is the acceptable time, here and now, we can become enlightened by the light of Christ. We can hear with our ears, see with our eyes, understand with our hearts and say, “Our Father in heaven, let us hallow your name, we willingly let you rule over us, so that we have a foretaste of heaven even here on earth. The foretaste refers to the feast to come. Perhaps a more understandable metaphor for today comes from the movies: we can’t have the feature presentation here, but we can have the preview of heaven’s coming attractions. Amen.
 Isaiah 40:6.
 John 14:20.
 Psalm 36:7, 9.
 From C.H. Dodd, The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel, (Cambridge University Press, 1970), page 90.
 Cf. Isaiah 50:4-5.
Nora, Peter, Joshua, Mark, and Ashley in Chattanooga
We would like to send you all some year-end, Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany greetings. Now we’ll all have to get used to writing 2016 and before that just a little about all of us in 2015.
Ashley we know just had a two-week tour of Japan. Their band, the Basement Benders, had 10 gigs and came back just before Christmas. Last year they toured England, Scotland, and Ireland. No Idea Record label just signed them up. Ashley and Terry still have the Vegan restaurants, Sluggos South in downtown Pensacola and they just moved Sluggos North next door, still in Chattanooga. We really enjoy his long telephone calls home!
Peter has felt completely blessed coming out of retirement into a two year ministry in Christ Lutheran Church in El Cerrito, CA. He and Philip have been busy writing books: the Reformation Commentary on Romans Chapters 9-16 (InterVarsity Press) and The Catholic Luther (Paulist Press), both appearing this year. From the German Peter also translated a scholarly biography on Luther by Thomas Kaufmann (Eerdmans Publishing) also to appear this year. Mark directed a Preview of our Luther Musical on Reformation Sunday last October and we are busy adding new scenes and songs. It’s a dream of many years coming true and a full production is in the plans, especially for 2017, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On November 2nd Peter had a successful left hip replacement and he is already walking way better than before the operation.
This summer we attended the Krey Family Reunion in Cape Cod and it was great seeing all the nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters, and cousins. Then we rented a car and headed south, visiting New York, then Baltimore, where we stayed with Lily. She helped us plan a day visiting Washington, D.C. We continued further south and in Charleston, S.C. visited our dear friends Evie and Earl, who gave us a tour of that city, including seeing the mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, all bedecked with flowers in front of the church. We are so thankful that after many an invitation we made it there. Then we ended our road-trip in Jacksonville, FL, where we celebrated Nora’s father’s 95th birthday.
Nora continues to enjoy her job as director of the Mission Mental Health Clinic, which presents many challenges as well as rewards.
Joshua continues to work as inventory manager at Blick Art Supply, enjoying his many hobbies and interests. This year he purchased a 1963 GMC truck (a rust bucket: you needed a tetanus shot to look at it) which he completely took apart and refurbished.
Mark released his second CD called Watch Pot, a four song album and is working very hard promoting his music. He is a singer, song-writer now trying to make a livelihood completely with his music. Mark and Peter sometimes perform at the East Bay Coffee House and Mark sang a solo in the German Christmas Service this year and is a celebrated soloist in our congregation.
We wish you all many blessings for the coming year!
My German Christmas Sermon translated for you! December 20th 2015
Do you have a Christian Birth Certificate
as Champions of Love and Forgiveness?
When my father, Pastor Rudolf Krey, preached for Christmas, he said that God always gave him spiritual presents in the form of new insights into the Christmas story. He would always be satisfied receiving a very few presents for Christmas, like a pair of socks or some handkerchiefs, some Half and Half tobacco for his pipe, and some genuine marzipan from Lübec, which we all helped him eat. But he really cherished those God-given insights.
I can remember one of his insights, which he considered gifts, namely, that the shepherds of the Christmas story were the forerunners of all of us pastors, because of course the word “pastor” in Latin means “shepherd” and the way pastors today proclaim Christ, the shepherds proclaimed the Christ-child, after they had heard the good news from the angels and had knelt down and worshiped the little child in Bethlehem.
I’ve also had similar experiences with preaching on Christmas. When I started using hand-gestures in a more dramatic telling of the Christmas story, I noticed a pattern in the gestures, where the “peace on earth” pointed to the Christ-child himself, as God’s Christmas gift to us from heaven, and the whole issue about whether this peace was promised to all or only to believers became moot.
The birth of the Christ-child is central to this story. But we and all children are enclosed in the Christ-child and that’s why there is joy at every birth. That’s why the parents beam with joy holding the new baby, even though the tears have not yet dried from their eyes.
The historical time and the calendar itself in those days was denoted by the reign of rulers and kings. With that the Good News is situated in history and intended to be taken historically. The Christ-child was born in the reign of the emperor Caesar Augustus when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Today we would have to say in the time of the presidency of Barach Obama, in the time of Pope Francis and Gerry Brown, the governor of California to mark our time. We could say, this is the time that the Christ-child became born in the cradle of our hearts.
Now the heavens opened, (answering our Advent prayers) and the angel of the Lord approached the shepherds and the glory of the Lord shone round about them. We have to enlarge the significance of this birth, magnifying it, like we would with a magnifying glass or binoculars. It is so significant that the whole western calendar marks time before or after Christ. Anno Domini or AD means in the year of our Lord. Even if today we leave the name of Christ out of our dates and say “CE” for Common Era and “BCE” before the Common Era, it still starts with the birth of Christ. The calendar shows how important this birth is in our history. Not a Caesar, but Christ was born. The Roman Empire lasted for a time and other empires before and after Rome also arose only to fall again, but the heavenly kingdom of Christ will last from now to eternity.
Because its power is love; its promise, abundant life; its word is the truth, and it does not expand through coercion, but by free persuasion that leads to trust and faith. Christ did not send out armies, nor use the military, but sent out his disciples to carry out healing campaigns, to cure the blind, the deaf, lame, and mute. He left no bloody battle fields, but healing and the renewal of life in his wake.
That’s why Mary’s son, why Jesus birth has to be magnified, because it is so important. The Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, God the Father, whom this whole universe cannot grasp and contain, came to us in this Christ-child at the breast of his mother Mary, who then placed him in that manger.
The Prophet Isaiah said, “The ox knows its Lord and the donkey knows its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” (1:3) So check it out: although no animals appear in the Christmas story; oxen, donkeys, and sheep are all around the crib of Jesus, because of this passage in Isaiah. Thus the animals are there, but people, for the most part, have no room in the inn of their hearts for God and God’s dear Son.
That is why God chose insignificant and ordinary people, like Mary, who was young, most likely 12 to 14 years old, who then became pregnant with God’s Son and chose Joseph, who was probably already old. God chose completely ordinary, poor people, like you and me; the angels, too, did not appear to important, elite, and highfalutin people, but to poor shepherds, who even had to work the night-shift. And here we do not have a decree of an emperor, but the proclamation of Christ, where the last become the first and the first become the last. With that no one gets excluded, but everyone becomes enclosed in God’s love.
As ordinary people you and I are also invited to come to the cradle of the Christ-child, like children. When we worship the Christ-child, he is born in our hearts, “for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given;” so that the glory of the Lord shines upon us, and the angels ascend and descend rejoicing over us, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding reigns in our hearts, because we have become sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and that means, children of God. That’s why we sing and rejoice, because God has done great things for us. Amen. (Psalm 126)
Advents-Weihnachts Gottesdienst in Christ Lutheran Church
Hast Du eine Christliche Geburtsurkunde für Liebe und Vergebung?
- Dezember, 2015, den Vierten Advents Sonntag
Wenn mein Vater, Pastor Rudolf Krey zu Weihnachten gepredigt hat, dann hat Gott ihm immer geistliche Geschenke in der Gestalt von neuen Einsichten in der Weihnachtsgeschichte gegeben. Mit anderen Geschenken ist er immer mit sehr wenig zufrieden gewesen. Er bekam immer ein Paar Strümpfe oder Taschentücher, Half und Half (Tobacco) Tabak für seine Pfeife, und echtes Lübecker Marzipan, an dem wir alle mitgegessen haben.
Ich kann mich an ein geistliches Geschenk errinern, nämlich, dass die Hirten die Vorläufer aller Pastoren waren, denn auf Latein ist ein “Hirte” ein “pastor.” Und wie Pastoren heutzutage Christus verkündigen, haben sie zuerst das Christkind verkündigt nachdem sie die frohe Botschaft von den Engeln gehört und das Kindlein zu Bethlehem angebetet hatten.
Oft habe ich auch so etwas erfahren. Als ich zuerst Hand Gesten bei der Erzählung der Weihnachtsgeschichte in einer dramatischen Vorführung versuchte, merkte ich, dass mit den Worten “den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen” das Christkind selbst als Gottes Geschenk zu Weihnachten angedeutet war, und dabei die Frage, ob Friede auf Erden für alle Menschen oder nur die Gläubigen gilt, hinfällig ist.
Im Zentrum dieser Geschichte ist die Geburt des Christkindes. Aber wir und alle Kinder sind in dem Christkind einbegriffen und daher gibt es Freude bei jeder Geburt. Daher strahlen die Eltern mit Freude bei der Geburt, auch durch die Tränen, die unter den Augen noch nicht getrocknet sind.
Der Zeitpunkt in der Geschichte und der Kalender selbst war damals mit Regenten und Königen angedeutet. Dadurch wird auch die Geschichtlichkeit dieser Botschaft begründet. Geboren ist das Christkind als Kaiser Augustus regierte und als Quirinius Landpfleger in Syrien war. Heute würden wir sagen, in der Zeit unseres Präsident Barack Obama, mit Franziskus, dem Papst, und Gerry Brown, unserm Gouveneur. Wir könnten sagen, an diesem Zeitpunkt ist das Christkind in der Krippe unseres Herzens geboren.
Nun aber öffnet sich der Himmel und des Herrn Engel trat zu den Hirten und die Klarheit des Herrn leuchtete um sie. Diese Geburt ist gross! Wir müssen diese Geburt mit einem Vergrösserrungs-glas ansehen, so zu sagen, weil sie von besonderer Wichtigkeit ist, denn der ganze Kalender des Westens gilt als vor oder nach Christus, d.h., Anno Domini, im Jahr unseres Herrn. Auch wenn wir heutzutage seinen Name auslassen, fängt es dennoch mit Christus Geburt an. Daher ist diese Geburt sehr gross oder wichtig zu betrachten. Denn nicht ein Kaiser, sondern Christus ist geboren. Das römische Reich hat für eine gewisse Zeit bestanden, und andere Reiche sind vor and nach Rom gekommen und wieder gefallen, aber Christi Himmelreich besteht von nun an bis in Ewigkeit.
Denn seine Macht ist die Liebe; seine Verheissung, die Fülle des Lebens; sein Wort, die Wahrheit; sein Himmelreich besteht ohne Gewalt, sondern durch freie Überzeugung, die zum Glauben führt. Sein Gnadenreich wird ohne Armeen, d.h., nicht militärisch, sondern durch Feldzüge von Erneuerungen des Lebens und Heilungen der Blinden, Lahmen, Stummen und Tauben erweitert.
Marien Sohn, d.h., Jesu Geburt ist daher etwas sehr grosses oder wichtiges. Der Schöpfer des Himmels und der Erden, der Vater-Gott, den unser ganzen Welt-all nicht fassen kann, ist zu uns gekommen in diesem Christkinde, an der Brust der Mutter Maria und danach in der armseligen Krippe liegend.
Jesaja sagt: Ein Ochse kennt seinen Herrn und ein Esel die Krippe seines Herrn, aber Israel kennt nicht und mein Volk versteht’s nicht. (1:3) Daher, obwohl kein Tier in dieser Geschichte vorkommt, haben wir das liebe Vieh rund um die Krippe herum. Denn zum grössten Teil für Gott und seinen lieben Sohn haben wir kein Raum in der Herrberge von unseren Herzen.
Daher hat Gott unwichtige, gewöhnliche Menschen erwählt, wie Maria, jung, wahrscheinlich 12 bis 14 Jahren alt, die dann schwanger mit Gottes Sohn wurde; und Josef, der wahrscheinlich schon alt war. Gott hat ganz gewöhnliche und armselige Leutchen erwählt, so wie Du und ich. Auch als die Engel kamen, erschienen sie nicht vornehmen und hoch-erhabenen Menschen, sondern armen Hirten, die auch Nachts arbeiten mussten. Hier haben wir kein Gebot eines Kaisers, sondern die Verkündigung von Christus, wo die Letzten die Ersten und die Ersten die Letzten werden, denn dadurch werden Alle in der Liebe Gottes eingeschlossen.
Als gewöhnliche Leute sind wir auch bei Gott eingeladen zu der Krippe des Christkindes zu kommen, wie die Kinder. Wenn wir das Christkind anbeten, wird es in unserem Herzen geboren, denn Christus ist für uns geboren, ein Sohn ist uns gegeben, damit die Klarheit des Herrn über uns kommt, und die Engel herauf und herab über uns jauchzen, damit der Friede Gottes, welcher höher ist als alle Vernunft, auch in unseren Herzen waltet weil wir die Schwestern und Brüdern, Geschwister unsers Herrn Christus, d.h., auch Kinder Gottes geworden sind. Daher singen wir und freuen uns, denn Gott hat grossartiges für uns getan. Amen.