Pastor's Corner

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Summer Baby / Winter Baby

It’s Summer! It’s hot! You’ve got your toes in the sand or your head in the mountains but, either way, your brain is probably on vacation at least part of the time ☺. Welcome to June. But it’s also half way to Christmas!

Now, we really don’t know when Jesus was born. There’s a lot of scholarship out there that tries to make the date definitive but the fact is that they Bible doesn’t tell us so we don’t know for sure. We do know that six months before Jesus was born, His forerunner John the Baptist was born because that is in the Bible. Right after the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is going to be the mother of our Savior he says to her, “And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.” So, this month, the hot month of June, we will be celebrating the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on the 24th - sixth month’s after (or before) Christmas.

So, we have a winter baby and a summer baby. If you check out the Internet you’ll find countless articles about the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of both seasons of a child’s birth. But, we as Christians, only really need be interested in the season brought on by these two children - John and Jesus.

John, by the working of the Holy Spirit, brought on a season of expectation, repentance, and joyous beginnings. Think about the message he was sent to preach. Expectation - “After me one is coming.” Repentance - “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Joyous beginnings - “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Now Jesus, as the Son of God brought on a season of fulfillment, life, death, resurrection, glorification, and salvation of all mankind. John’s was a season of preparation. Jesus’ was, is, and continues to be a season of completion.

We’re about to settle into the long green season of Trinity. This is our Summer of preparation, beginning with the Nativity of St. John the Baptist and heading on to our time of preparation for the coming of our Lord Jesus in Advent. So, go ahead and have your vacation, recharge your batteries, enjoy the weather. But don’t take a vacation from Jesus, don’t let your spiritual batteries drain dry, and be sure to bask in the Son-shine of our Lord.

I know it’s hard to even thing about right now but winter is coming. The green of Trinity and Summer will pass into the blue of Advent and Winter. But that just means that the greatest of all Son-rises is coming, better I guarantee than anything you will experience this Summer - the first coming of Jesus at Christmas, the final coming of Jesus on the Last Day, and the continual coming of Jesus through Word and Sacrament in the Divine Service. Jesus here with us in His very special ways of Word and Sacrament every Sunday so please don’t take a vacation from Him this Summer. Come and be in His house and receive His gifts for you! May we bask in, be healed by, and be restored by the Son-shine of Jesus our Savior all Summer, all Winter, all year, and into all eternity. This promise of God is for you! “But for you who fear My name, the Sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.”

In Christ,

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