I chose this text to follow the events after the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
So we have seen Dr. Luke picks up some important aspects of the Lord Jesus’s infancy.
What happened here in these few verses was much before the visit of Magi, Joseph and Mary escaping to Egypt and coming back to Israel and settling down in Nazareth.
This passage is called the Presentation.
This portion of Scripture has three segments Verses 21-24; 25-35; 36-38.
Child Jesus meets three people in these three segments.
Moses, Simeon, and Anna
BABY JESUS MEETS MOSES THRU THE LAW
The consecration of baby Jesus was important for HE would become the High Priest.
The sacrificial ritual symbolized the commitment.
He too was subjected to the Law of Moses to save people under the Law.
The purification rites were according to Leviticus
12 The circumcision of male child of eight days old was required under the Law
The sacrifice of a pair of doves or 2 young pigeons was the final requirement.
This tells how poor the parents are.
The Redeemer is being redeemed according to the Law.
BABY JESUS MEETS SIMEON IN THE TEMPLE.
The consolation of Israel means the messianic hope.
Some of the faithful Jews had this messianic hope and were eagerly waiting for Messiah.
Pastor Wiersbe says Simeon was led by the Spirit of God, taught by the Word of God and obedient to the will of God.
He says in Verses 29-35 we see three songs Song of worship, Song of salvation and Song of prophecy.
Song of prophesy: Simeon prophesies three things, A Stone, A Sign, and A Sword.
Lord Jesus is the ROCK: The Jews stumble even today because they reject HIM still.
Lord Jesus is the Sign of divine presence and power.
Lord Jesus is a God’s miracle all thru, His Birth, His Ministry, and His death and Resurrection.
He is the revelation of divine truth yet people rejected Him and still reject Him.
The image of Sword was for Mary alone.
BABY JESUS MEETS ANNA, THE PROPHETESS.
She never left the Temple worshipping God day and night and fasting and praying.
She saw what was Simeon doing and immediately recognized that this was Messiah.
She not only praised God but also the spread the good news of God’s redemption.
Today we have seen that baby Jesus was subjected to Law of Moses as any normal Jewish child goes thru.
He fulfilled all that is required under the Law to redeem people under the Law.
He was recognized and affirmed by two Elders as Messiah in continuation to what the angels said.
Lord Jesus brought salvation to the whole humanity.
Whoever believes in HIM, will have eternal life.
That is the good news of great joy for all people.