Jesus is the Redeemer

LukePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 2:22-40

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

Dec 28, 2014, First Sunday after ChristmasGod is With Us. Read more ... »

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The Redeemer became flesh—that’s the gist of this passage. Our GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... » did not separate himself from his subjects but instead he became flesh and dwelt among us. Our God entered human historyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » through JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » ChristNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».

And because of that he knew our sufferings, he knew our situation, he knew our joy, he knew our needs, and he knew our crises in lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ». If we have this kind of God, we are assured that when we need help God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... ».

Let’s study the coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of our God in human history through Jesus. After Jesus was born in a mangerThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... », he was brought to the Temple for purificationThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... ».

 I. Jesus Presented in the Temple (vv.22-24).

Luke 2:22-24 says, “When the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » came for their purification according to the LawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » of MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » and MaryLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the LordThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... », as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn sonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » is to be designated as holy to the Lord.’ They also offered a sacrificeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » according to what is specified in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.’”

In these verses we read the fulfillment of the legal requirements respecting the child Jesus: His circumcision and naming on the eighth day, as one of the Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » people, and the redemptionThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » from the temple serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » on the day of purification (40th day), as a first-born son. In the former case the mere fact is stated; in the latter there is added the recognition of the infant by two godly persons, likely to be in the temple.

Every male that opens the womb, i.e., every first-born male (‘both of manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » and of beast’). The sacrifice was required in every case, but the presentationThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... » only in the case of the firstborn son. The requirement respecting the first-born was in remembrance of the sparing of the first-born of the IsraelitesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » in Egypt (Exo. 13:2; Num, 8:17) (Popular Commentary of the New Testament).

According to Exodus 13:2, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelis, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”simeon1

And in Numbers 8:17, “Since every firstborn of IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » belongs to me, from human beings to livestock. ‘On the same day that I destroyed all the firstborn in the landCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of Egypt, I consecrated them to myself.’”

This passage reminds us to do our obligations“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » to God. Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus offered themselves to God and they complied with their obligations to God—to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » the first male son to God.

As a ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » member or as a ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » we have obligations to God. The Lord is waiting for us to do our obligations for Him.

 II. Jesus Brought SalvationThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » in the WorldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » (vv.25-35).

Our passage says that a man named SimeonThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... » was in Jerusalem. This man was righteousThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » and devout. He was waiting for the one who would comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » Israel, and the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » was upon him.

Simeon took the infant in his arms and praised God, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “MasterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », now you are dismissing your servantThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » in peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » according to your promiseThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ». Because my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared for all people to see—a lightIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » that will reveal salvation to the gentilesDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » and bring gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » to your people Israel.”

Simeon added that “This infant is destined to cause many in Israel to fall and rise. Also, he will be a signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » that will be opposed. Indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul, too, so that the inner thoughts of many people might be revealed.”

Indeed, Jesus brought salvation to the world. Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » people or the Israelites knew it before Jesus came, but they did not believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » what the prophetsHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... » told. That’s why until now a lot of JewsLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » and Israelites don’t believe that the MessiahIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » had already comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ».

III. Jesus Received Gratitude from Anna (vv.36-38).Anna-at-the-Temple-with-Jesus_art

Another womanThe Samaritan Woman’s Strategy. Read more ... » of God witnessed for Jesus ChristThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », the prophetess Anna. She was a descendant of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » for seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow for 84 years. She never left the Temple, but continued to worship there night and day with times of fastingProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » and prayerNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».

When she saw Jesus in the temple she thanked God, and witnessed for Jesus and his missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » to saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » the world.

These verses are challenging us to do the same. If we really saw Jesus in our heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... », or if Jesus is in our hearts, we have obligations to be witnessesThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... » for him. We have obligation to share it to our familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » members and to our friends. When was the last time that you share the GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » to your spouse, childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » and friends? Saint Francis once said, “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ».” Some versions areWitnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » for Christ each day, and if necessary use words.”Wherever you go, preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

It’s okay to be goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... », but we have also obligation to share the Gospel to others.

Conclusion

In 1981, a Minnesota radioThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » station reported a storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » about a stolen car in CaliforniaCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ». Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thiefThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... ».simeon

On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the Volkswagen Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car.

So often when we run from God, we feel it is better to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

We should not run from the Lord. God brought his salvation to us because he loves us. Jesus is our redeemer and our salvation. If we want to enjoy the salvation of God, we have nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » to do but to exercise our faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in Jesus and repentDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » from all our sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».

Are we ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to do that?

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