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02 February 2014

Sermon: The Presentation (Epistle)

2 February AD 2014
The Purification of Mary and
the Presentation of Our Lord

Title: Like His Brothers (MP3 Audio)

Jesus and Simeon Summary: “Share and share alike.”

The Son of God chose to become “like His brothers,” sharing in our flesh and blood. He voluntarily took our abilities to feel pain and pleasure, to be tempted, to suffer, and to die. He did so that as our Firstborn Brother He might rescue us from the curse of sin.

In exchange, He chose to share with us His righteousness, His spotless reputation, His renown in His Father’s eyes. He resisted the temptations common to all mankind that we might enjoy the fruits of His obedience and then, although He never sinned, died a sinner’s death on behalf of every man, woman, and child who had ever and would ever live.

On this day, as we celebrate His presentation in the Temple, we also celebrate His promise to present us to His Father on the Last Day — spotless and pure within and without.

God Became Flesh Text: Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, [Jesus] himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Like His Brothers. Preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 84; 1 Samuel 1:21-28; Luke 2:22-32 (33-40)

About the Art: Drawing of Simeon and Jesus from Ecclesiastical Art by Ed Riojas, available at the Higher Things Store. Chagall’s Christ à la famille (Christ Family) on display at Musée national Marc Chagall, taken from WikiPaintings.

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