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Recognising Jesus

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Recognising Jesus

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Jesus as Son

Jesus was growing up as one of us, in a normal family, bringing the normal set of joys and worries to his parents...
Luke 2:22–24 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
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 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’,) 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’.
Luke 2:27–28 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
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, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
Mary & Joseph bring him to the temple - his Thanksgiving! Doing what the Law of Moses required.

Jesus as Saviour

SImeon recognises who Jesus is. In him is the fulfilment of all the prophecies about the coming Messiah
Luke 2:32 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.’
Luke 2:32
fulfilment of all that has been promised.
Luke 2:34–35 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
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, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’
Luke 2:34
foretelling of the pain that will come to Mary as Jesus is crucified.
foretelling of the pain that will come to Mary as Jesus is crucified.
Anna:
Luke 2:38 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
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.
Luke 2:38

Jesus as Sufficient

Luke 2:29 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
Simeon happy to go. He has seen it all. Promised he would see the Lord’s Messiah, and now he has done so.
All that is needed for salvation.
It is Jesus who makes sense of life. It is Jesus that makes our life full.
John 10:10 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 NIV (Anglicised, 2011)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 1
Jn 10:10
Do you know Jesus as human? A companion on the journey. Someone who understands? Someone who has walked where you walk?
Do you know Jesus as Saviour? Do you know he died for you? Do you know he has made a way for you to be with God forever?
Is Jesus sufficient for you? Is it in HIM that you find your purpose, your meaning, your identity? Do you know what he has for your life? Will you find it?

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 dismiss[c] 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 marvelled 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 worshipped 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.
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