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Waiting for Christmas

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Waiting for Christmas

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  • 1. Waiting For Christmas Living Hope Church 12.20.09
  • 2. Luke 2:22-38 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord [23] (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), [24] and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons." [25] Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. [26] It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
  • 3. Luke 2:22-38 (cont.) [27] Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, [28] Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: [29] "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. [30] For my eyes have seen your salvation, [31] which you have prepared in the sight of all people, [32] a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
  • 4. Luke 2:22-38 (cont.) [33] The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. [34] Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, [35] so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too." [36] There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, [37] and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. [38] Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
  • 5. Waiting “alert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him”
  • 6. Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
  • 7. Luke 2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
  • 8. John 14:16 KJV And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever
  • 9. Luke 2:38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
  • 10. Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
  • 11. Action Steps
  • 12. Become a Marveler Marvel-- to be filled with wonder, astonishment, and surprise. Luke 2:33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
  • 13. Become a Mover Luke 2:27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. Luke 2:38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God….
  • 14. Mary “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) Joseph “...did what the angel of the Lord had commanded and took Mary home as his wife.” (Matthew 1:24) The Shepherds “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened...” (Luke 2:15) The wise men saw the star and moved out of their comfort zone to find the King of Christmas.
  • 15. Luke 2:34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against
  • 16. Become a Messenger Luke 2:38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
  • 17. Waiting For Christmas Living Hope Church 12.20.09