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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church - The Bronx, New York.  A Parish of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod where “God’s People Pray.”

The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor

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Moved from Fear to Joy: A Christmas Gift that Keeps GivingLaid in a Manger, Destined for a Cross

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the Bread of Life made Bethlehem what it is—a house of bread for all people.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus hung while a crowd looked on, hungering for His humiliation and death, while having the future in mind as He endured its pain so that we, by His grace, could celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb and His Kingdom that has no end.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the Savior of the world made His bed in a feeding trough so that the world could receive what He came to bring—forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus made His bed with sinners in order to rescue them from eternal punishment and bring them to His banqueting table of love where the banner over it is love.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the first-born Son was wrapped in bands of cloth as most babies would be—safe and snug while well within the reach of His loved ones.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus would be wrapped in cloth when laid in a tomb after been abandoned by many of His loved ones, only to fold those clothes in victory by Easter Sunday morning as evidence of His victory over death and to show those loved ones who sought Him that “Christ has triumphed; He is living.”

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus Christ the Lord embodied humility by allowing Himself to be “veiled in flesh.”  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus, though in the form of God, did not count equality with God as something to be grasped so He emptied Himself as a slave, obediently dying to save the world and to redeem those He loves so dearly.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the Lamb of God was worshiped by shepherds.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus would become the sacrificial lamb abandoned by shepherds so that all His sheep could be healed and forgiven.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the first fruits of them that sleep was born so that we we would not die.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus offered the first fruit of His Body to His Father as the perfect sacrifice on His Holy Cross and to us in the Holy Eucharist so that we may eat forgiveness, life, and salvation and so that we could follow where He has led the way.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the stranger had no welcome in the inn.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus was not welcomed by those whom He made as He was rejected both by the religious elite and by the state establishment.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the Way was revealed by angels to shepherds who were told how to find Him—a baby, wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus reveals Himself in weakness and vulnerability to a world that rejects His Way of caring for the poor, vulnerable, outcasts, wanderers, and others who often are rejected by society.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the Truth showed God’s claim on humanity and His desire to be one with us.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus would be asked “What is truth?” from a political leader who approved of His execution so that only when hanging dead on a cross would a centurion and those with him conclude that this crucified man was the Son of God.

 

Laid in a manger, Jesus the Life was born to die.  Destined for a cross, this same Jesus died so that we could live.

 

Laid in a manger, destined for a cross—Christ was born for this.  “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God” this ChristMass and always.

 

Peace, joy and love,

Pastor

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Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM

Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

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A Brief History

By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.

 

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

(Boyd and Barnes Avenues)

The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

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