First Lesson: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26:

18But Samuel was ministering before the Lord—a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. 20Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the Lord.” Then they would go home.  26And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.

 

Psalm 111 on Page 106 in Christian Worship

Great are the works of the Lord;

   they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

   and his righteousness endures forever.

He has caused his wonders to be remembered;

   the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;

   all his precepts are trustworthy.

He provided redemption for his people;

   he ordained his covenant forever.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

   all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever.   Amen.

 

Second Lesson: Hebrews 2:10-18:

10In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” 13And again, “I will put my trust in him.”  And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

 

Gospel Lesson/Sermon Text: Luke 2:41-52:

41Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

 

Sermon Outline:

Introduction: The last hymn that we sang, “What Child Is This?” is one of my absolute favorite Christmas carols. It was written by a man named William Dix in 1865. He had been a manager of an insurance firm in England when he suffered a near fatal disease and a bout of deep depression. It was during his convalescence that he had a spiritual renewal and wrote several hymns and carols. This was written from the point of view of the shepherds marveling at the sight of the child Jesus lying in the manger in Bethlehem. The carol was set to the tune of the ancient folk ballad “My Lady Greensleeves” which dates back to the late 1500’s. It is a haunting melody that really brings out the emotion of awestruck wonder that the lyrics convey. This morning, we are using this Christmas Carol to look at an event from a little later in Jesus’ life. We look at the boy Jesus in the temple and ask ourselves…

 

What Child Is This?

I. Wonder at his worship

II. Marvel at his understanding

III. Treasure his obedience

 

I. Wonder at his worship

  • This event really makes us ponder over the teaching of Jesus’ humiliation/kenosis
  • Kenosis means he did not make full use of the divine power he had as true God
  • At the beginning of the account, we see Jesus go with Mary & Joseph to worship
  • They were going to observe the joyous festival of the Passover: past deliverance
  • But it also spoke of the promised Messiah whose blood would free all from sin
  • Jesus, though true God, was going with them to worship their heavenly Father
  • This shows us just how important it is for us to take the time to worship our God

II. Marvel at his understanding

  • When they finished, they went on their way home assuming Jesus was with them
  • However, he had stayed behind to spend time in an advanced school in the temple
  • After searching for him in the caravan and in all parts of the city, they found him
  • The teachers of the Law were amazed at the questions that he asked & his insights
  • Luke tells us that they were amazed at his understanding: it’s a very special word
  • It means the ability to put things together in a way that makes sense and persuades
  • They were used to picking out different verses at random to prove their points
  • It is like the way in which Jesus explained Scriptures to the two Emmaus disciples
  • Jesus is the one who puts all of Scripture together so we understand law & gospel

III. Treasure his obedience

  • When Mary questioned him, Jesus said that he had to be about his Father’s things
  • He understood that it was his life’s task to actively obey the commands of God
  • Part of that was listening to the parents that his Father had given to him on earth
  • His obedience to them was done because we fail to do that so many times in life
  • Like her, we treasure that Jesus was obedient to God in our place, gives holiness.

 

 

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