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And So It Proved – Then and Today

And So It Proved – Then and Today

Luke 2:33-35 Suggested further reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 What Simeon said of the results that follows when Jesus and His gospel came into the world deserves serious meditation. It is a prophecy that is still being fulfilled daily. Christ was to be “a sign spoken...

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Simeon Sees the Future Clearly

Simeon Sees the Future Clearly

Luke 2:25-35 Suggested further reading: Ephesians 2:11-22 Some Jewish believers, like Simeon, had a clear view of Christ’s person and work even before the gospel was preached! The scribes and the Pharisees of his day would have been better taught if they had listened...

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Simeon, a Man Prepared to Die Satisfied

Simeon, a Man Prepared to Die Satisfied

Luke 2:25-35 Suggested further reading: Philippians 1:19-26 Simeon reminds us that God has believers even in the worst of places and in the darkest of times. True faith was rare at the time of Christ’s birth, having been replaced by false doctrines and human...

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Our Exalted but Humble Lord Is Our Savior

Our Exalted but Humble Lord Is Our Savior

Luke 2:21-24 Suggested further reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Our Lord, as an infant, obeyed the Jewish law and was circumcised eight days after birth. This was His public testimony to Israel that He was a Jew and was committed to obeying the law. Without it He could...

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The Angels Can Teach Us

The Angels Can Teach Us

Luke 2:13-20 Suggest further reading: Revelation 5:6-14 Angels were the first to praise God when Christ was born—not men—angels who had never sinned, who needed no Savior, and did not require a Redeemer and His atoning blood. From their rejoicing we learn (1) what...

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The Birth of Good News

The Birth of Good News

Luke 2:8-14 Suggested further reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 The birth of a king’s son is normally an occasion of great public rejoicing. But the announcement of the birth of the Prince of peace was made privately, at night, and without the usual public fanfare. The...

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God’s Impeccable Timing

God’s Impeccable Timing

Luke 2:1-7 Suggested further reading: Psalm 31:9-20 For six hundred years, the fate of Israel was in the hands of foreigners. Waiting for centuries for a promise to be fulfilled is tiring and discouraging. But delay does not mean denial. There were advantages under...

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Immanuel

Immanuel

Matthew 1:18-25 Suggested further reading: John 1:1-5, 14-18 Jesus’ title of “Immanuel” reflects His nature as God manifest in the flesh. We must be clear about His nature and person and believe firmly that our Savior is, at the same time, both perfect man and perfect...

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Jesus and Joseph

Jesus and Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25 Suggested further reading: Philippians 2:5-11 The name “Jesus” means Savior and points to His special work on behalf of His people: He saves them from sin. He saves them from the penalty of sin by faith in His substitutionary death for them. He saves...

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