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03 January 2016

Christmas 2 Sermon: Your Father, My Father

Preached on Luke 2:40-52
The Second Sunday after Christmas
3 January AD 2016

Title: Your Father, My Father (MP3 Audio)

Jesus in the Temple with the Teachers Summary: Mary spoke to her Son about “Your father” and Jesus mentioned “My Father” in return — yet mother and Child aren’t speaking of the same father. Although she heard God’s Word through the angel, the shepherds, the wise men, and Simeon and Anna in the Temple, Mary still looked at Jesus more with her human eyes than with the eyes of faith.

Jesus’ reply perplexed Mary and Joseph. It seemed to both agree and to disagree with Mary’s words. As He would later do in His parables, Jesus carefully crafted a response that demanded a new way of looking at things, a newer and deeper understanding. With His simple questions, Jesus gently reminded Mary why He had been born to her and Joseph why God had called him to be His earthly guardian.

We’re prone to the same error. Viewing the Christ with our preconceptions and attitudes, we attempt to form Him in our sinful image rather than the holy image of the Father who sent Him. Instead, He calls us to know Him through the eyes of faith. Jesus was constantly about the things of His Father in order to earn forgiveness for our rejection of the Father’s words and ways.

Text: And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.

And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”

And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:40-52

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 the Christmas sermon Your Father, My Father

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 119:97-104; 1 Kings 3:4-15; Ephesians 1:3-14

Illustration: Line drawing from Art of the Church Year by Ed Riojas, available through Higher Things Store.

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