Simeon

Let us draw today from Luke 2:25-26 which says, And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death,before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. O what a gold mine of truth! I see here in his name a nugget. It means one who has an ear to hear. We have heard it said they have  a real ear for music, well Simeon had ear for God. There is a truth in his walk. He was just and devout in his walk. If you saw Simeon you had seen Jesus. I see a  truth in his waiting. He had been waiting for years for the Messiah to come. Providence arranged for him to be at the temple when He came. Waiting always has its rewards. There is also the truth of a witness. This man had the Holy Ghost upon him, and the Spirit showed him things no one else saw. There was also the truth of a word. He was told by the Spirit he wouldn’t die before he saw Christ. It would be wonderful to know we would see the Lord without having  to go by the way of the grave.

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The Dedication

Let us look today at Luke 2:21-22 which says, And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; I had the great honor of dedicating all three of my boys to the Lord it was a special time. I have preached the dedication service of several of my grand children. In the service of our Lord’s dedication four things stand out. There is a calling of His name. I love to give the meaning of the name. His name means He will save His people from their sins. There was also the circumcision. This has a greater thought of the circumcising of the heart.  There is also the confession. His mother and dad presented Jesus before His Father. Let’s  bring our children and grand children to the Lord and give them back to Him. May we look for Him to circumcise and save their hearts. In this story we see the conception. They  knew he was going to be a boy before the womb. How I am amazed that our Lord knew us from beginning to end  even long before our conception.

Titles

In the Christmas story found in Matthew and Luke there are eight  titles given to this baby. One is found in Matthew 1:16 which is Christ. This title speaks of Him as the Messiah. The second is in 1:21 and it is Jesus. We are told from this title He will save His people from their sin. The third is in 1:23 which is Emmanuel and it means God is with us. The fourth is in 2:2 and it is King of the Jews. The fifth is in 2:2 and it is His star.  The sixth is in 2:6 and is the term Governor.  It speaks of one who rules over all. The seventh is in 2:15 and it is my son. The eight is in 2:23 and it is The Nazarene, which means the separated one. It takes eight names to describe our Lord, you can sum me up with three letters. (tom)

Titles and Treasures

We are today in Va. with our son who pastor’s there. Think upon Luke 2: 10-11 today which says, And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, which is Christ the Lord. There are three treasures in this text one is fear not. It appears 365 times in the Bible, one for every day. The second is good tidings which is the gospel or good news. His coming is the greatest news ever told. The third treasure is great joy which is joy unspeakable and full of glory. This all come from His three titles. The one is Saviour, the one who pays the price for sin, certainly this takes away fear. The second is Christ the Messiah or anointed one. This is the good news. The last is the Lord, the one who is, was, and shall ever be. My what joy that floods my soul.

Angel of the Lord

In Luke 1:9 the angel of the Lord makes the announcement of Christ birth. Who is he? In the O. T. he made several appearance. Many be live he is a personal visible manifestation of Christ Himself. Christ is in the manger being born and on the hill side telling the shepherds of His own birth. How can this be? He is all God and all man. He told Nicodemus in John 3:13. I’m the one who came down from heaven and in heaven at the same time. My! My! what a saviour.

The Shepherds

Look today with me to Luke 2:8-9  which says, And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Why would our Lord make His birth announcement to shepherds.One reason  is because of their lowliness. They were always in the most humble of situation. Another reason is because of their faithfulness . They were watching the flock at night. David the shepherd took on a bear and lion to keep his flock safe. The last reason was their  uniqueness.Our Lord was the good shepherd, the great shepherd, and the Bishop and Shepherd of my soul. On top of that He who was the Shepherd became a lamb that I a sheep could be with the shepherd.

A Message in a sentence

In Luke 2:7 the Bible says, And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for then in the inn. In this one sentence God shares so much truth. There is first of all a past fulfillment.Isaiah said 750 years before she would have a son She was to call Him Immanuel, which means God is with us. There is also a future fact. The thought of swaddling clothes speaks of burial garments. The fact is He did not come to live but to die. The last truth is a present form.  We are told there was no room in the inn and He was laid in a manger. All of these speak of the fashion of He humbled Him self and took on the form of a servant. My our Lord can say a bunch in a short space.