The Song of the Angels

Rev. David Bast

READ : Luke 2:13-14 What does Christmas truly mean? The angels tell us in the song they sang to the shepherds: it means glory for God, and peace for us. St. Augustine introduced one of his Christmas sermons with these words: Listen to what you know. Reflect on what you’ve heard. Love what you believe. Preach what you love. Just as we celebrate the yearly coming of this day, so you may expect the sermon that is this day’s due. …

The Song of Mary

Rev. David Bast

READ : Luke 1:46-55 Mary’s song, known as the “Magnificat,” reminds us that Christ’s coming doesn’t just mean salvation for individuals, but has profound social implications as well. One of the favorite scenes of the Christmas story is the Annunciation, when the archangel Gabriel visited Mary with the news that she was to bear a most special child. But no sooner is the message delivered than Gabriel disappears, returning to heaven to stand before the presence of the Lord (cf. …

Christ the Cornerstone

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 118:22-23 Mark 12:1-12 Drawing upon the imagery of the 118th Psalm, Jesus Christ claims to be the cornerstone of life for those who trust him. But for those who reject him, it spells disaster and ruin. According to the Gospel record, two things brought the hatred and fear of Jesus’ enemies to a boiling point and made them finally decide it was time to get rid of Jesus for good. The first was Jesus’ final miracle when …

Christ Our Hope

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 8 Psalm 8 is a beautiful meditation on the Genesis creation account. But it really speaks not just about humanity in general but about one human in particular: Jesus Christ. These words are from the 8th Psalm. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! . . . When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is …

Christ Our Shepherd

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 23 This simple message of the 23rd Psalm expresses a profound truth in beautiful imagery. But the New Testament tells us even more: the Lord who is our shepherd is none other than Jesus. Listen to these familiar words from the most beloved of all the psalms. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me besides still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me …

Christ Our King

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 45:1-9 What does the 45th Psalm, an Old Testament poem originally written to celebrate the marriage of one of Israel’s kings, have to do with Jesus Christ? The answer, as the apostle Paul might have put it, is “much, in every way”! The psalmist here sings the praises of the king on his wedding day. This psalm proclaims the king’s beauty and grace, his strength, his splendor, his righteousness. My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I …