Luke 2:21-38 – Jesus is presented in the Temple

Although Christmas is past for another year, Luke’s nativity story has a little further to go. So we invite you to take some time today and enjoy the final segment of Luke’s story (see below). This passage includes the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and the moving fulfilment of a promise revealed to Simeon. We hope you’ll join us again for the Lent Devotion, starting Wednesday March 6, when we will pick up the Gospel of Luke once more. In the meantime, Christmas blessings from all of us at Walton and best wishes for the New Year.

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From the outset of his life, Jesus was fulfilling God’s promises and purpose. In today’s reading we see Jesus completing the prophecy made to Simeon, and bringing Simeon peace and comfort. Even as a baby, this passage demonstrates the palpable sense of power that radiated from the majesty of God in human form. Moreover, Simeon’s immediate response was to acknowledge the saving love of God, given to us through Jesus. That love endures to this day and as we head into 2019, let us give thanks for the salvation we receive from God and his light to guide our days.

Saving God, deliver us, we pray. Save us from the troubles and worries of our days, with the comfort and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Save us from our faults and shortcomings, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Renew and strengthen our acceptance of Your love for us, so that our relationship with You grows stronger and brighter in 2019. Amen.

Luke 2:21-38 – Jesus is presented in the Temple

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2019.


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