Luke 2: 39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40 The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
I know that these verses weren’t covered by Scott in his sermon. They seem to fit with a lesson that God showed me. AND they are great verses because it introduces Mary – the topic of this week’s sermon.
My lesson from this whole week:
I love how God had a plan for Jesus from before His birth. God has a plan for me, for you, for all of His children from before my birth, your birth, their birth. With these thoughts in mind, I need to consider it a privilege to teach Ariel and Dean. Really – any other child. In reality, children today may grow up to be an Anna or a Simeon. A person who is searching and seeking the Lord. A person who will proclaim His name. A person completely committed and sold out to Christ.
In the verses mentioned above, Mary and Joseph followed the Law of the Lord. Mary and Joseph’s lives had a plan and a purpose. I believe they were taught amazingly well by their parents and/or family. We know they taught Jesus well. Mary and Joseph set a great example of dedicating your children to the Lord.
Ariel and Dean were both dedicated to the Lord as infants. Our prayers have always been for their love of the Lord. We pray for them to grow in the Lord, to learn, to witness, to Love. Is it always easy? NO But SO WORTH IT!!!!
Thought for the day: What am I teaching my children about Christmas?
I really love that God revealed His unexpected gift to a man and a woman. Anna is mentioned in Luke, in a short few verses but they are powerful. Luke 2:36-38 states “And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
It is so obvious that she absolutely loved the Lord. Her service to the temple, to her time with the Lord is evident in these verses. In reality, she waiting a LONG time for God’s revelation of His son, His plan.
Let’s have a little bible study:
- What are Anna’s qualifications in vs 36?
- Where did she live?
- How often did she serve? What did she do?
- How does she recognize Jesus? How does she respond?
Anna’s reaction is honest, it is real and it shows excitement. She saw God’s redemption and wanted to tell anyone who was searching. Do you remember the excitement when you first accepted Christ as Lord? I know for me, I wanted to tell everyone? Soon the excitement fades, life has a new normal. Anna challenges me Share the Gospel!!! She also challenges me about where my excitement is this season? I can promise you, my excitement has nothing to do with Santa or an Elf!!!
- She was speaking to people who were looking for the redemption of Israel. In reality, not everyone in the temple was searching and waiting…….Not everyone familiar with the message of Christmas is looking for the Messiah of Christmas (what a sad reality.)
- JESUS CAME….THE MESSIAH WAS HERE….THE TEMPLE WAS FULL…..THE REACTION WAS MINIMAL……
- In reality, people miss the Messiah because life is hectic and worship is religious.
My final thought from Sunday's Sermon: How do I slow down my family, so we don't miss Christmas?