All Will Be Well!
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
December 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 2:22-40
Subject
All Will Be Well!
Description

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismissc] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 2:23 Exodus 13:2,12
  2. Luke 2:24 Lev. 12:8
  3. Luke 2:29 Or promised, / now dismiss
  4. Luke 2:37 Or then had been a widow for eighty-four years.

 

Pastor's Summary of Luke 21:22-40

Chapter 2 starts with the story of the birth of Jesus (vv. 1-7)--the familiar and beloved story that includes the angels and shepherds (vv. 8-20). It moves to this week's Gospel lesson, the presentation of Jesus in the temple and return to Nazareth (vv. 22-40).  It concludes with the story of Jesus' visit to the temple at the age of twelve (vv. 41-51) and a statement about his growth (v. 52)

At this point of our text, Jesus is only a few weeks old, but he has been recognized by: Elizabeth, Mary's kinswoman, whose baby, John "leaped in her womb.  And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb'" (1:41-42). The second person to recognize the significance of this event was Zechariah, Elizabeth's husband, who prophesied that God "has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David" (1:69).. Of course, awareness and recognition occurred with the angels and shepherds (2:8-20) who  unceasingly praised God. Later the Wise Men would come and offer their witness to  this holy event.

This Sunday, we at the Chapel in the Cove, will also recognize those who have departed this year to be with our Lord.  Candles will be lite and words shared as to the vitality of those relationships. To be able to 'grab hold' of the New Year, we must be able to "let go" of this past year, and those who have departed from us. We come to thank God for these loved ones as their lives inspire us to continue our spiritual journeys.