The Joshua Victor Theory

According to Your Word

December 28, 2009

Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the 1st Sunday after Christmas.

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  1. Why was it essential that Jesus fully keep the Law, even from birth? Gal. 4:4-5; Heb. 4:15. What laws of God did Mary and Joseph keep for Him after birth? Genesis 17:9-14; Exodus 13:1-15; Leviticus 12:1-8. How did each law hint at Jesus’ future death?
  2. What joy inspired Simeon’s song? What did it tell about the significance that lay ahead in baby Jesus’ life?
  3. How was Simeon able to face his death with peace? What gave him the assurance that his salvation was assured? How does God’s Word and Sacrament give us assurance at death?
  4. How does Simeon’s song announce that this message belongs to everyone? How can we withhold it from others, since it’s the rightful possession of all mankind?
  5. What more ominous note to Mary about Jesus’ future, followed Simeon’s song? How did this relate to the cross?
  6. How does the cross expose all hearts and motives? When have we acted with hidden motives and agendas? How often have we been deceptive in our actions? Why is this not fitting of Christians/followers of Christ? 2 Cor. 4:1-3
  7. Why is standing under the cross of Jesus in repentance and humility the only way to rise with Him? Luke 2:34-35; Romans 7:24-8:8; Romans 6.

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