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Amazed and Astonished by His Teaching

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Everyone was astounded at Jesus’ answers. They were amazed at His understanding. That was true when Jesus was in the temple at age twelve sitting with the distinguished teachers of the Law. Throughout His ministry, His disciples were astonished at His instruction. When the crowds heard...

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Jesus Submitted to His Parents

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Every kid in an evangelical family has been taught early and often, “Children, obey your parents…for this is right.” The fifth commandment called children to honor their father and mother. After the panic return to find the missing son, Luke says about Jesus, “And he...

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Where Is God?

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Every parent has experienced the horror of a missing child – even if it was only for a few seconds. Mary and Joseph were in panic mode. Three days later they found Jesus in the temple, seemingly right at home. Panic became astonishment which became aggravation – “Son, why have...

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I Must Be In My Father's House

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“Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” At twelve how much did Jesus know about His divinity? He knew enough to know who His real Father was! And He was spending time in His Father’s house. His response came after Mary had...

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The Intersection of God and Man

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Humans don’t know everything. God does. Humans develop and grow and mature. God never changes. When God becomes flesh, things get confusing! When Jesus was twelve, the family traveled from Nazareth to Jerusalem for Passover. At the conclusion of the feast, they headed home – probably...

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It’s Always Been About the World.

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I toured Israel several years ago with a group of pastors. One of the men was ecstatic being in the holy land but seemed to be quite disappointed that God had not allowed him to be born a Jew. He was buying anything and everything to take home to turn his church into a synagogue! Because I...

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A Peaceful Joy-filled Smile

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Simeon was an old devout Jew who appears in Luke 2. The Holy Spirit had given him a promise that he would not die until he had seen “the Lord’s Christ.” The Spirit had led him to the temple complex at the same time Joseph and Mary arrived with the baby Jesus. Simeon took Jesus...

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It's Me or It's the Fall

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As Simeon blessed the baby, Jesus, he mentioned two results of the Savior’s coming – “the fall and rising of many” and the revelation of “the thoughts of many hearts.” The fall speaks of judgment. Ligon Duncan writes, “You can't be indifferent about...

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A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul

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Luke introduces us to two enigmatic figures, a man named Simeon and a woman named Anna. They were witnesses who testified that Jesus was the promised Messiah and Savior. As Simeon held the six-week-old baby, he said, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in...

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A Perfect Permanent Pardon

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How important was it for Luke to speak of Jesus being circumcised and Mary fulfilling her purification rites? The answer is summarized in this quote. “The whole of Judaism was one massive effort on God's part to call people to a recognition of how sinful they were. Every time a baby was...

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