Sermon delivered on CHRISTMAS, December 25, 2016 by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley
“An Icon Tells the Story”
Scripture: John 1:1-14 and Hebrews 4:14-16
This Christmas morning I want to show you an ancient painting of the baby Jesus and Mary. (Display “Our Lady of Korsun”) The painting is a Russian Orthodox icon from the 10th century. Protestants tend to consider “icons” a bit alien since Orthodox Christians bow and pray in front of them, confess their sins to them, and kiss them as part of their observance of faith. Without delving into the argument concerning iconic worship, at the minimum the image on an icon is intended to inspire reflection and deeper devotion to God.