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Worship Guide for December 18

December 15, 2022

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Luke 2:25-35

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Watch the Sermon
livestreamupdatedSummary: We are looking at the third of these songs of Jesus. Like the other songs, we see the glory of God's gift of salvation in this song by a little known man named Simeon. Simeon's song does not just confirm that Jesus is the long expected Messiah but that his coming brings hope to the dying, salvation to the nations, and a warning to the ambivalent. 

Review and Apply

How is Simeon described? What is unique about him for this time?

What does it mean that he can now depart in peace? How can we have such assurance? What prevents this?

How does it encourage you to hear him say, "My eyes have seen your salvation?"

In what way is this child appointed for the fall and rising of many?  

How does your life reflect your response to this sign of God, a child coming for the salvation of the world?  


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