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Summary: This sermon illustrates what receiving Christ really is through the Biblical story of Simeon.

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A Gift Worth Receiving

Luke 2:21-33

December 23, 2001

Intro:

A. [Prayer and God’s Sovereignty, Citation: Mark Ashton, A Voice in the Wilderness (OM Publishing); submitted by Owen Bourgaize, Guernsey, United Kingdom

A small boy was writing a letter to God about the Christmas presents he badly wanted. "I’ve been good for six months now," he wrote.

But after a moment’s reflection he crossed out "six months" and wrote "three."

After a pause, that was crossed out, and he put "two weeks."

There was another pause, and that was crossed out too.

He got up from the table and went over to the little nativity scene that had the figures of Mary and Joseph.

He picked up the figure of Mary and went back to his writing and started again: "Dear God, if ever you want to see your mother again…"

1. That’s probably not the best way to approach God at Christmas!

2. Today we will try to find a better way to approach God this Christmas.

B. I want to begin this sermon a little differently than I usually do…

1. Today I want to give someone a gift [pick a person].

2. I have this pen that says "Somerset Christian Church" all over it.

3. "[], this is your pen. You can have it; you can write with it; you can give it away; you can throw it away; you can do whatever you want with it because its your pen."

4. [Person will probably just say, "OK," but will not come and get it.]

5. [Set the pen down and proceed with the sermon.]

C. Let’s stand (if you are able) and let’s read our scripture text together. [Read Luke 2:21-31.]

D. Today, I have five things that I believe we can learn from Simeon that will help us this Christmas; first…

I. Like Simeon, those who want to see Jesus will find Him.

Luke 2:25, Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

A. Simeon was a priest living in Jerusalem.

1. Simeon was righteous and devout. The Holy Spirit was on Simeon.

2. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel.

3. The consolation of Israel is the promised Messiah.

4. Simeon was a priest and he knew the OT prophecies concerning the Messiah.

5. Simeon was looking for the promised Messiah. Simeon wanted to see the Messiah.

B. Simeon wanted to see Jesus and Jesus came to Him.

1. Simeon was one of hundreds of priests living in Jerusalem.

2. Simeon was chosen by lots to serve on this particular day.

3. Out of the hundreds of priests living in Jerusalem, Simeon won the lottery of priests and got to serve in the temple on this day.

4. He wanted to see the Messiah.

5. He was a devote and righteous man and the HS was upon Him.

6. He was chosen out of hundreds of priests to serve on this once-in-a-lifetime chance and on that once-in-a-lifetime day, the Christ child was brought to the temple to be circumcised and to have everything done for Him that was to be done for the child in accordance with the law. Simeon wanted to see Christ and Jesus came right to him!

C. And absolutely nothing has changed today.

1. This is not just an isolated event for lucky priests!


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