11/25/18 “Well, that’s not very Christmassy, Jesus”

Posted on : Nov 21st, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Quinn Caldwell is one of our many bright, young UCC ministers.  He has a fabulous sense of humor and wit. 

Each year as we draw near to or begin the season of Advent, the scriptures for the season focus on the return or “second coming” of Christ.  For some strange reason, almost all of these scriptures – regardless of which Gospel they are in – are about smoke, fire, blood, guts, and apocalypse.  Kind of like “Apocalypse Now!” 

Why all these scriptures have an “end of the world” theme is kind of strange.  It may be that God in her infinite wisdom knew there would be a generation of apocalyptic TV preachers that needed something to use to literally “scare the hell” out of their flock or there might be a better reason.  But one thing is sure, these scriptures are full of tribulation, darkness, wrath and judgement.

In response to one of these horror-filled stories, Quinn wrote, “Well, that’s not very Christmassy, Jesus!  What about peace and goodwill to all?  Talking stable animals and cuddly babies?  Miraculous stars and angel choirs?  Why do you gotta harsh our mellow?”

Yeah, Why?

I have a strong feeling these apocalyptic stories have a lot more to say about us, than about God.  More on that this Sunday. 



Mark 13:24-32

Jesus speaks of the day when the Human One will come.

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Human One coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then the Child of God will send out the angels, and gather the elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that The Child of God is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Child, but only God.”

Revised Standard Version (RSV)



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