PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 2:21-24
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” (Luke 2:22)
Jesus’s first days included Jewish practices: circumcision, dedication, purification, sacrifice.
Circumcision is the sign of God’s covenant with Abraham and his children (Genesis 17:1-14).
Firstborn sons were dedicated to recall the death of Egypt’s firstborn sons (Exodus 13:14-16).
Sacrifices were offered for purifying the mother after childbirth (Leviticus 12:1-8).
These practices seem awful to us today, but they were normal in those times.
God used the cultural practices of the day to reach and teach the people.
Through Jesus God comes down to our level to bring us back to his level!
Jesus becomes like us (culture, time, tradition-bound) to help us back to God.
“God sent his Son, born under the law, to redeem those under the law.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
We are not expected to become Jewish or be bound by these laws and traditions.
But like Jesus we are to become servants within our cultures, to help people back to God.
We live in culture, but we do not live for culture… we live for God and for Jesus!
We go to into our communities in order to present the people we meet to the Lord!
We are sent into the dominion of Canada to represent and restore the kingdom of God.
Lord, help me not to get sidetracked by our culture and context that I forget why I am here. Help me to fulfill my mission, as you did yours!