Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 03-JAN-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Vikki Waller
Epiphany – The year 2020 was going to be a year of new opportunities; but when we reached March and April we drowned in Covid news, with infection rates, lockdowns, riots, unemployment and even toilet paper shortages. We've lived through it, and we pray that 2021 will not only be back to normal, but better than normal. The first Epiphany saw the Magi arriving in Bethlehem and declaring the universality of Christ's kingdom. It was not just another birth in a minor nation, but an event of cosmic importance – a revelation, an epiphany. And how does that message sit with our present era? Australia is a multi-religious country, and we are used to Hindu temples, mosques of Islam, Scientology consulting rooms, and Buddhist temples. There is considerable pressure for Christianity to drop its claims about Jesus Christ as Saviour of the world. We need less religious intolerance, and less patronising arrogance. They are not a part of the gospel of Christ. Listen to other religions, seek the good in them and not the nastiness. Talk with the good people and look for the highest, not the lowest. Perhaps God has particular messages for us from other religions, especially in the great faiths that have withstood the tests of ages. But we must be true to our own faith. We have been filled with Christ's Holy Spirit. This is the time that the Lord has appointed us to be salt and light; this is the time the Lord has made way for us to live the abundant life.
Matthew 2: 1-12

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