Reflecting His Hope (Luke 2:21-38)
Gearl Spicer, December 27, 2020
Part of the Alive @ Christmas series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 2:21–38 (Listen)
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And 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 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Alive @ Christmas
Reflecting His Hope
12 / 27 / 20
*What are you willing to wait for?
*We are alive in these moments to reflect the glory of Jesus!
*And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. vs. 21
*And there was a man in Jerusalem who name was Simeon; and this man who righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was on him. vs. 25
*And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years and after marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fasting and prayers. vs. 36-37
I. Humble submission to holy principles—vs. 21-24
II. Simeon—Man waiting for the answer—vs. 25-35
A. Holiness opened the door to revelation
B. Answer to his deepest longings was Jesus arrival
C. Blessing revealed the hope of Jesus
D. Price He would pay for our hope
III. Anna—Serving in hope—vs. 36-38
A. Loss motivated her heart
B. Consistency in fasting and prayer
C. Gratitude gripped her heart
Take away—The hope of heaven was born to change any life who chose Him!
Do you have His hope in your heart?