Bethlehem Baptist Chapel

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13th January 2019

Luke 2: 39-50

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Luke 2:39 
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.

 

1. Ministry, Luke 2:39-41
v.39 is vital underpinning to Christ’s ministry
v.39 refers back to verses 21-24
v.41 makes another reference to Law of Moses
Between Lk 2:21-41 – 5 direct & 2 indirect references to Law
It’s a reminder of Christ’s ministry

Christ’s mission was to rescue humanity from the bondage of the Law
Galatians 4:1-7

 

Galatians 4:4-5 
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to son-ship.

 

1. Ministry, Luke 2:39-41
v.39 is vital underpinning to Christ’s ministry
v.39 refers back to verses 21-24
v.41 makes another reference to Law of Moses
Between Lk 2:21-41 – 5 direct & 2 indirect references to Law
It’s a reminder of Christ’s ministry

Christ’s mission was to rescue humanity from the bondage of the Law
Galatians 4:1-7
Jesus had to fulfil the law perfectly to release us from it’s curse

 

2. Independently, Luke 2:42-44
Only men had to attend Passover, but often whole families went
Sometimes whole towns went together!

120km from Nazareth to Jerusalem
3-4 days walking
Women & children first, men follow
At 12 yrs old, Jesus nearing adulthood (13 yrs)
Travelled for whole day without Jesus

2. Independently, Luke 2:42-44
Only men had to attend Passover, but often whole families went
Sometimes whole towns went together!

120km from Nazareth to Jerusalem
3-4 days walking
Women & children first, men follow
At 12 yrs old, Jesus nearing adulthood (13 yrs)
Travelled for whole day without Jesus

Are we guilty of travelling without Jesus?

 

3. Identity, Luke 2:45-50
Jesus found in Temple with leaders
Leaders are first to be amazed at Jesus’ words
Are we amazed by Christ’s words?

Jesus first recorded words in v.49
Jesus making statement about His identity
He’s confirming the angel’s words of Lk 1:35
He IS the Son of God!

People doubt Jesus’ identity – call Him ‘nice man’
Jesus not ‘nice man’ if lying about His identity

 

4. Priority, Luke 2:49b
‘In my Father’s house,’ also can be translated, ‘Being about my Father’s business’
Jesus telling parents that Father God’s wishes take priority over theirs

Balancing love to family & to God can be hard
As much as we love our families (& friends) our first love is to our Heavenly Father

Are we about The Father’s business every day?
We MUST be!