December 23, 2018
Luke 2:34b-35a, “This boy is assigned to be the cause of the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that generates opposition so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed…”
• the act, process, or an instance of redeeming
• serving to offset or compensate for a defect
Biblical Definition of Redemption:
• the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom *The Greek word so rendered is apolutrosis , a word occurring nine times in Scripture, and always with the idea of a ransom or price paid
Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and we light a candle representing “love.” We have read, heard, seen and learned of love because God loved us. Today, we ask for God’s guidance to enact that love within us. We seek to live out that love, the world needs more love now than ever before. We need to remember God’s love for each of us and that we are called to share the love of Jesus with everyone.
Our pamphlet reading today tells us of the day Jesus was taken to the Temple to be presented, forty days after his birth. Mary and Joseph were following the Leviticus decrees and the Laws of Moses. The writer, Sue Mink has again opened my eyes to parts of Jesus’ birth story that I have missed in the telling of the story year after year. In Luke 2:25, we are introduced to a righteous man by the name of Simeon, in whom the Holy Spirit rested upon. Simeon had been told that he would see the Lord’s Messiah before his death. Simeon revealed things to Mary and Joseph and to those witnessing this event, things that would happen to Jesus and because of Jesus. Also, in Luke 2:36, we are introduced to yet another person witnessing all these things, Luke tells us her name is Anna and she was a prophet/prophetess. Anna praises God and spoke about Jesus and the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke does not provide any additional information about Anna but being curious I did find some additional information about her and will post it under reference for you to look at if you are interested.
The reason I mention Simeon and Anna is that they both held a purpose in Jesus story, our Christmas Story. In fact, I am going to go as far as saying anyone reading this, you are a part of the Jesus Christmas Story. The birth of Jesus is still relevant and meaningful today. We are in need of saving, we need a Savior. Yes, it’s true that Jesus died for the whole entire world and if you, YES YOU THE PERSON READING THIS RIGHT NOW WERE THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD…Jesus died just for you! That’s how much Jesus loves us. There’s no magic number or quota to be met. God created each of us individually and loves us individually. How awesome is that(?)!
Following Jesus takes a commitment, but it is also filled with rewarding delight. I love the words of our writer as she states, “the dangerous grace” that Jesus offers. I would also add, “radical love!”
Thank you for your continued support of this blog space, more importantly I hope you know Jesus in a real and personal way.
Prayer: Lord, May I accept your dangerous salvation. Amen.
~Peace and Blessings~
The C. S. Lewis Bible NRSV
The Holy Bible CEB