This sermon was based on Luke 2:25-35.
25Now 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. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And 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, 28he 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.”
33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And 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.”
- As parents we are dedicated to caring for our children and we need to be dedicated to bringing them up to know God.
- We are dedicated as we ‘go’ like Mary and Joseph did. They took Jesus t the temple. as we take our children to places where they can meet God, when we bring them before him.
- We can be dedicated asa parents as we pray for our children and isten to God for them. Listen to what he has to say about raising them and listen to him and his solutions as we pray for them.
- We can be dedicated to our children because God is dedicated to us. God demonstrated his dedication to us – In order to save his children he gave his Son.
- Most parents woul be willing, even eager to swap places with their children when they see them suffering. As humans though we are unable to do anything to make this happen.
- God was able to make it happen and he did step into the place of his children through Jesus.
- This is not just about parents and their children though.
- Whenever a new child comes into the church family each of us has a small influence on that childs life.
- We want each of these children to find God – to be found by him – and to live a life dedicated to him.