THE THRILL OF HOPE IV

LUKE 2:21-40

21 After eight days, the time came to circumcise the baby. He was called by the name Jesus, which the angel had given him before he had been conceived in the womb.”

“22 When the time came for them to be purified according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him before the Lord. 23 That’s what the law of the Lord says: ‘Every firstborn male shall be called holy to the Lord.’ 24 They also came to offer sacrifice, according to what it says in the law of the Lord: ‘A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.’

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout, waiting for God to comfort Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 He had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Led by the Spirit, he came into the Temple. As Jesus’ parents brought him in, to do for him what the law’s regulations required, 28 he took the baby in his arms and blessed God with these words:

29 ‘Now, master, you are dismissing your servant in peace, Just as you said.

30 These eyes of mine have seen your salvation,

31 Which you made ready in the presence of all peoples:

32 A light for revelation to the nations, And glory for your people Israel.’

33 His father and mother were astonished at the things that were said about him.   34 Simeon blessed them.

‘Listen,’ he said to Mary his mother, ‘this child has been placed here to make many in Israel fall and rise again, and for a sign that will be spoken against (yes, a sword will go through your own soul as well), 35so that the thoughts of many hearts may be disclosed.’

36 There was also a prophetess called Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having been widowed after a seven-year marriage,  37 and was now eighty-four. She never left the Temple, but worshipped with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 She came up at that moment and gave thanks to God, and spoke about Jesus to everyone who was waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 So when they had finished everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, and was full of wisdom, and God’s grace was upon him.


WHAT SHOULD IT LOOK LIKE WHEN THE PROMISE IS FULFILLED?

THE ANSWER LIES IN SIMEON’S PRAYER

LUKE 2:30-32 These eyes of mine have seen your salvation,

31 Which you made ready in the presence of all peoples:

32 A light for revelation to the nations, And glory for your people Israel.’

REDEMPTION & REVELATION


  • REDEMPTION 

VISIBLE // NEAR US (EMMANUEL)

#BESEENBEKNOWN

FOR ALL PEOPLE


  • REVELATION

REVELATION THRU THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

THE KEY TO LIVING IN THE PROMISE IS SEEING EVERYTHING THRU THE LIGHT (LENS) OF CHRIST

LUKE 2:34 Simeon blessed them.

‘Listen,’ he said to Mary his mother, ‘this child has been placed here to make many in Israel fall and rise again, and for a sign that will be spoken against (yes, a sword will go through your own soul as well), 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts may be disclosed.’

  • RESURRECTION 

THE FULFILLED PROMISE OF GOD (JESUS) BRINGS DEATH TO SELF AND RESURRECTION 

REVELATION 21&22 

NEW HEAVENS NEW EARTH & NEW BODIES

REDEMPTION AND REVELATION ARE POINTLESS IF THEY DON’T LEAD US TO RESURRECTION

ROMANS 6:3b-4 …when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

ANNA HEARS AND BELIEVES BEGINS TO TESTIFY

LUKE 2:38 She came up at that moment and gave thanks to God, and spoke about Jesus to everyone who was waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

WE MUST TESTIFY

ROMANS 10:14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?