Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
December 23, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Central Passage
” Matthew 2:2
Subject
Where Is He
Description

Where Is He?
“Saying, Where is he that is born King…” Matthew 2:2
Today is the last Sunday of Advent for 2010. It starts
the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and ends three Sundays
later, the last commences the week that embraces
Christmas.
Over the years, numerous overworked expressions have
evolved to describe this reality. Among the more frequently
used are: Jesus is the reason for the season; Christmas
is the most wonderful time of the year; I’ll have a blue
Christmas without you; and Best Wishes for a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Often overlooked during this season of gaiety is the
fact that, accordingly to Biblical History, it involved the
biological birth of a child who had an unique origin. It was

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preceded by an angelic message to a virgin whose name
was Mary. The conception involved no male contact thereby
allowing the child to be devoid of the Original Sin. His name,
as told by the angel, was Jesus and his purpose was to seek
and save those who are lost.
Throughout the life of this child was the recurring
question – where is he? Owing to the pervasiveness of this
question, the sermon for today was entitled, Where Is He?
It will examine three contexts within which this question
is posed, namely: during his childhood, during his adulthood,
and after his crucifixion. The sermon will close with an
exploration of our personal impressions  regarding the
location of Jesus.
Prior to examining these four dimensions, brief
be focused on the beauty and necessity

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of life. This precious process is indispensable for the
continuance of human, lower animal, and plant life. Without
it, the world would sink into its early none polluted form.
In a slightly different context, human birth and life are
symbolic of the highest form of existence and approximate
the after birth form liken unto Jesus, but without the
immaculate conception. Yet human kind is blessed to be
the possessor of such a superb statue. This glorious
fact leads to the earlier specified dimensions of the
sermon, the first of which is – Where Is He during childhood?
As noted in the textual anchor, this question will posed by
wise men from the East to Jerusalem…” ( Mt. 2:2 ). They
had seen his star in the East and had come to worship
him. It is of interest to note that they came not out of
curiosity just to see, but they were moved by a more

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reverent intent – I.e., to worship. Oh! what a benevolent
intent, one that should leap across the annals of time
and motivate humanity of today to emulate those wise men,
but within the places of worship and personal residences.
The second incident emanating from the question –
Where Is He? Involved Mary and Joseph, the foster father.
Upon return to their home from the yearly Passover, his
parents thought that Jesus was amidst the group. Much
to their dismay, Mary and Joseph discovered that the
child was missing. Immediately, they returned in search
for the 12 years old child.  After three days, they found him
in the temple talking with doctors; the parents were
astonished and upon approaching Jesus they indicated their
worry about his having not come along with them. His
response then marked the beginning of Jesus’s taking

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leave from his family (Luke 2:49 ) and would again appear
some eighteen later when he would be baptized by John the
Baptist. That fact leads to the second aspect of the sermon
which – Where Is He? – during adulthood. Only two
references are herein included; the first one is Jesus among
the hungry crowd. Marks tells of a day long gathering of
people who were in the midst of Jesus and the day was far
spent. Jesus knew that the multitude was hunger so he
discounted the disciples’ suggestion to send away, and
ordered instead they “ give…them to eat”. The disciples
were baffled owing to the limitation of funds; however, they
noted that a lad had five loaves and two fish. Jesus ordered
the disciples to have the crowd be seated on the grass.
After which, the miracle of feeding the 5,000 transpired.
The second incident involving the adult of life of Jesus
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happened during a night of a turbulent storm. Mark, in the
same chapter, tells of the disciples being caught in the
midst of a storm. They struggled, but no measure of success
to control the ship.  Obviously, they were gripped by fear
and, probably, wondered Where Is He? Much to their
surprise, “…they saw him walking upon the sea, and they
supposed it had been a spirit and cried out”. ( Mk. 6:49 ).
Jesus knew their troubling disposition and he, therefore,
said unto them, “ Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid”
( Mk. 6:50 ).
The third component of this subject is – Where Is He?
after the crucifixion? Probably the most sentimental
inquiry was made by the women who visited the tomb.
They found the grave to be empty, but was spoken to by
an angel who said, “…Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which
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was crucified: he is risen: he is not here…” ( Mk. 18:6 ). That
joyfully news was soon spread among the remnants and,
it would later undergird the spiritual birth of the Church,
a fact documented the Book of Acts along with the Pauline
letters. This sequential fact leads to the final phase of
Jesus’ post resurrection sojourn. It is twofold with the first
one being his ascension as earlier announced, especially
in John’s Gospel; the fulfillment of that promise occurred
before the Day of Pentecost ( Acts 1:9-10 ). The message
that followed the ascension calls attention to the ultimate
aftermath – The Rapture – which is fully described by Saint
Paul ( Thess. 4:13-18 ).
So in closing, beloved the soul searching question for
each individual becomes – Where Is He? in your life not
just on Christmas Day, but every day of your life. Is he a

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rote memory learned like a nursery rhyme, a routine for
weekly worship and then to be left locked in the Church,
a viable item for a credential listing especially within
a religious setting, a food source in time of hunger, an
EMT for emergency situation, a sedative to quell fear, and
a basis for receiving an array of gifts on Christmas Day.
Remember, the message can be proclaimed but its
receptivity is the responsibility of the hearer and not the
messenger. Best wishes for a Happy and Blessed Season,
irrespective of the name, and a New Year of good health,
prosperity, and kindness toward others. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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