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Our readings for Christmas Day begin with Psalm 2. Why do people rage against God? It seems a popular pastime just now in our world. In the Western world we don’t want to have rules, especially rules that come from God or from any established religion. We have a feeling that all religion is about power politics and oppressing others.
How does God respond to these complaints? It’s amazing that he doesn’t actually answer the complaints. He laughs. He scorns the people who would criticize him. He acts in a frightening way. But then he shows that he is going ahead and acting as the ruler of all creation. He has placed his King on the throne appointed for him. The King, identified as the Son, Jesus, the Christ, has overcome all opposition. In life and in death he did not fall prey to sin. He showed himself to be the resurrection and the life. He has shown himself to be reliable.
Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord. As we begin the season of Christmas, then, we rejoice in the knowledge that Christ the Lord has come.
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