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  • Jesus in His Arms Luke 2:29-32 Jesus in His Arms
  •  This is when many stop of offer thanksgiving for their blessings. Jesus in His Arms
  •  This is when many stop of offer thanksgiving for their blessings.  In some ways, that’s sad! Jesus in His Arms View slide
  •  This is when many stop of offer thanksgiving for their blessings.  In some ways, that’s sad!  We should make thanksgiving a way of life. Jesus in His Arms View slide
  •  This is when many stop of offer thanksgiving for their blessings.  In some ways, that’s sad!  We should make thanksgiving a way of life.  “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High” (Ps 92:1, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  This is when many stop of offer thanksgiving for their blessings.  In some ways, that’s sad!  We should make thanksgiving a way of life.  “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High” (Ps 92:1, ESV).  “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:18-20, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  This is when many stop of offer thanksgiving for their blessings.  In some ways, that’s sad!  We should make thanksgiving a way of life.  “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High” (Ps 92:1, ESV).  “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 5:18-20, ESV).  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  But, our nation is struggling like it seldom has. Jesus in His Arms
  •  But, our nation is struggling like it seldom has.  This congregation is greatly struggling. Jesus in His Arms
  • HOW CAN WE GIVE THANKS IN THE MIDST OF PAIN?
  • SIMEON PROVIDES AN EXAMPLE!
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  The Spirit has revealed that Simeon will not die until he has seen the Christ. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  The Spirit has revealed that Simeon will not die until he has seen the Christ.  Simeon: “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace” (v 29, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  Simeon knew that as death loomed closer, he had reason to thank God. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  Simeon knew that as death loomed closer, he had reason to thank God.  But, he doesn’t thank God from afar! Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  Simeon knew that as death loomed closer, he had reason to thank God.  But, he doesn’t thank God from afar!  Simeon took Jesus in his arms & praised the God of all. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  Simeon knew that as death loomed closer, he had reason to thank God.  Simeon praises God greatly. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  Simeon knew that as death loomed closer, he had reason to thank God.  Simeon praises God greatly.  Simeon doesn’t praise God for temporal blessings. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon appears to be a man rather near death.  Simeon knew that as death loomed closer, he had reason to thank God.  Simeon praises God greatly.  Simeon doesn’t praise God for temporal blessings.  Simeon sees beyond this world & praises God for God. Jesus in His Arms
  • LUKE 2:29-32
  • GOD OF SINCERITY GOD OF SALVATION GOD OF SOLIDARITY
  • vv 29-30 GOD OF SINCERITY
  •  “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation” (vv 29-30, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  God had made a promise to Simeon. Jesus in His Arms
  •  God had made a promise to Simeon.  “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v 26, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  God had made a promise to Simeon.  “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v 26, ESV).  For Simeon, God is A GOD OF SINCERITY—a God who does precisely what he says he’ll do. Jesus in His Arms
  • HOW GREAT TO KNOW THAT OUR GOD IS A GOD OF SINCERITY!
  •  “Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant” (1 Ki 8:56, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  “Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant” (1 Ki 8:56, ESV).  “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Rom 4:20-21, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  • DO WE KNOW THE SINCERITY OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER?
  • v 30 A GOD OF SALVATION
  •  “My eyes have seen your salvation” (v 30, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed.  Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (v 25, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed.  Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (v 25, ESV).  The Greek “consolation” refers to a comfort. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed.  Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (v 25, ESV).  The Greek “consolation” refers to a comfort.  God had promised to comfort his people. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed.  Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (v 25, ESV).  The Greek “consolation” refers to a comfort.  God had promised to comfort his people.  “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted” (Is 49:13, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed.  Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (v 25, ESV).  The Greek “consolation” refers to a comfort.  God had promised to comfort his people.  “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted” (Is 49:13, ESV).  The Lord’s Spirit would be upon the Messiah “to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (Is 61:2, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Simeon had beheld the salvation for which he longed.  Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (v 25, ESV).  The Greek “consolation” refers to a comfort.  God had promised to comfort his people.  Rabbis began referring to the Messiah as “the Comforter.” Jesus in His Arms
  •  The comfort Simeon sees takes the form of salvation. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The comfort Simeon sees takes the form of salvation.  Jesus came into this world to be salvation. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The comfort Simeon sees takes the form of salvation.  Jesus came into this world to be salvation.  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  The comfort Simeon sees takes the form of salvation.  Jesus came into this world to be salvation.  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21, ESV). “Jesus” means “The LORD saves.” Jesus in His Arms
  •  The comfort Simeon sees takes the form of salvation.  Jesus came into this world to be salvation.  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21, ESV).  “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:11, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Through Jesus the world can have salvation. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Through Jesus the world can have salvation.  “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:17, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Through Jesus the world can have salvation.  “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:17, ESV).  “Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Through Jesus the world can have salvation.  “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:17, ESV).  “Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12, ESV).  God is A GOD OF SALVATION & he saves from so much! Jesus in His Arms
  • IS GOD THE GOD OF YOUR SALVATION?
  • vv 30-32 A GOD OF SOLIDARITY
  •  “My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (vv 30-32, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  “My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (vv 30-32, ESV).  As a God of salvation, God is also A GOD OF SOLIDARITY—i.e., he brings different groups together. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews: “You are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deut 7:6, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews: (Deut 7:6).  Jesus changed that & all people can come to God through him. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews: (Deut 7:6).  Jesus changed that & all people can come to God through him.  God had promised such a blessing to Abraham (Gn 12:3). Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews: (Deut 7:6).  Jesus changed that & all people can come to God through him.  God had promised such a blessing to Abraham (Gn 12:3).  In the Gospels, we see hints that Jesus’ salvation is for all. Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews: (Deut 7:6).  Jesus changed that & all people can come to God through him.  God had promised such a blessing to Abraham (Gn 12:3).  In the Gospels, we see hints that Jesus’ salvation is for all.  The centurion: “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (Lk 7:9, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  The Lord prepared his salvation in the presence of all people.  Before this, God had revealed himself in a special way only to the Jews: (Deut 7:6).  Jesus changed that & all people can come to God through him.  God had promised such a blessing to Abraham (Gn 12:3).  In the Gospels, we see hints that Jesus’ salvation is for all.  The centurion: “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (Lk 7:9, ESV).  “I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (Jn 10:16, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  Ethnicity doesn’t matter at all. Jesus in His Arms
  •  Ethnicity doesn’t matter at all.  “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34-35, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.” Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.”  I am a sinful human being. Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.”  I am a sinful human being.  Yet, God will save me. Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.”  I am a sinful human being.  Yet, God will save me.  “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Tm 1:15, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.”  I am a sinful human being.  Yet, God will save me.  “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Tm 1:15, ESV).  If God can save a murderer, surely he can save me! Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.”  I am a sinful human being.  Yet, God will save me.  “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:9-11, ESV). Jesus in His Arms
  •  I’m grateful that that God has prepared his salvation “in the presence of all peoples.”  I am a sinful human being.  Yet, God will save me.  “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:9-11, ESV).  If God can save homosexuals, thieves, & drunkards, surely he can save me! Jesus in His Arms
  • Jesus in His Arms
  •  “All came with their wives and gawky offspring; some in shoes, most in boots, and many in spurs; some snuffing, some chewing, and some with powdered heads; others with heads frizzled and soiled, some whose heads a comb had never touched, half-hid by dirty collars, and reaching far above their ears, as stiff as pasteboards.” Jesus in His Arms
  • PEOPLE OF EVERY STRIP CAN COME TO JESUS.
  • Do you need to come to him today? PEOPLE OF EVERY STRIP CAN COME TO JESUS.