12/31 Luke 2:42-52
When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. 43 After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, 44 because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. 46 Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions.
47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” 49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
50 But they didn’t understand what he meant. 51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
Jesus is the Son of God. As a young child he was still the Son of God but being obedient to the Father, he recognized the responsibility his Earthly parents had and lived under their leadership until he began his ministry in the Galilee. My question that I often ask myself is am I living obediently under the Father’s guidance? Seek the Lord with all your heart and you will surely find Him. Jesus loves you.
12/30 Luke 2:39-41
When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. 40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him. 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival.
Process is critical for our life. The Father has a process (PLAN) for us that unfolds day by day. It includes joy and pain, success and failure because that is how we learn. Your life like mine is difficult and requires dependence upon the Lord. Spend time with Jesus.
12/29 Luke 2:36-38
Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
All of the prophecies of the Old Testament about the Messiah were fulfilled in Jesus. NOTE to the reader: JESUS IS GOD. Follow Him.
12/28 Luke 2:33-35
Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Do you forget what Jesus calls us to do? I do. His parents did-they didn’t know him as the Messiah at that time but we do. Follow Jesus. Do what He says. Spend time with Jesus. Keep the focus of your life on Jesus.
12/27 Luke 2:22-32
Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. 23 The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the LORD.” 24 So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared for all people. 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
Jesus does everything required by the Scriptures. The Word of God follows the Word of God!
That says to us that obedience to the Word of God is much more important to the Father than to us. It also says that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. Keep this in mind as you spend time with Jesus. How wonderful that He provides forgiveness, grace, holiness and relationship for us. Jesus is God.
12/26 Luke 2:21
Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.
They listened and named the child as instructed. As we journey daily on our spiritual walk we need to do more listening and less talking. The Lord knows what we need and too often we don’t. Follow Jesus. Listen to what He says. Obey!
12/25 Luke 2:18-20
All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Overwhelmed with joy the shepherds returned to their sheep. They had witnessed the birth of the Messiah and were simply elated about God including them in His birth story. They were nobody and nothing and yet they Lord graced them with great favor making them eyewitnesses of the birth of the Christ child. Jesus is born in Bethlehem.
12/24 Luke 2:17
After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
The shepherds witnessed the Christ child and told about their experience to everyone. They were early witnesses to Jesus. Do not be afraid. Listen to the Lord. Meet Jesus if you haven’t.
12/23 Luke 2:16
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.
The shepherds recognize Jesus and celebrate His arrival. They believed the angels, came to see Jesus and worshipped Him. Do you recognize Jesus? Let Him into your life. Jesus is Lord.
12/22 Luke 2:15
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
The shepherds acted upon the directions of the angels. They knew this word was from God and therefore they went to Bethlehem to see the Messiah.