The Gospels only give us one glimpse into the years of Jesus' life between his birth and the start of His ministry, and its significance is momentous. When Jesus was twelve years old, He journeyed to Jerusalem for the Passover feast with His family. This episode looks at His visit and begins to lay a framework for rightly seeing His self-understanding.
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After the circumstances of the birth of Jesus, the Gospels fall silent and give us no information about Jesus' upbringing. What was life like in Nazareth? What was it like for Jesus to be a toddler and to play with his friends? What was it like when He lost His first tooth? This episode examines what Jesus' life could have been like throughout his early childhood.
Joseph wakes Mary and Jesus and they all depart Bethlehem for Egypt by night. It was not too long after their departure that Herod ordered the execution of the male children in Bethlehem in his attempt to kill the newly born Jewish king. In addition to looking at these details from Matthew 2, the last few minutes of this episode summarizes the steps of Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census all the way to their journey out of Egypt to live in Nazareth.
The entourage of Magi from the East meet with Herod in Jerusalem and follow the star they saw to Bethlehem, where they find the Child Jesus and present Him with three gifts. The gold, frankincense, and myrrh each represent something very unique about Jesus. In this episode, we examine the significance of the gifts and ponder what life might have been like in Bethlehem at the time.
“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:13 ESV)
I believe the heart behind Paul's charge to Timothy was to strengthen his hearers' conviction of the veracity of the Law and the Prophets and to show them who Jesus of Nazareth was in light of those writings. In simpler terms, he was saying "Timothy, tell them the story. Help them believe it. Don't spare the details, and don't let them forget it."
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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, "wise men" from the East came to visit Jesus and present gifts before Him. Who were the "wise men"? Where were they from, why did they come looking for the king of the Jews, and were there only three of them? The answers from Scripture may surprise you. This episode begins to look at the story of the Magi from Matthew 2.
Luke tells us about another person who meets Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in the Temple when Jesus was about 40 days old - an aged widow named Anna. She too was righteous and waiting for God to redeem Jerusalem just as the Scriptures had spoken. Anna was a regular attender of the public and private Temple services, and is presented as yet another picture of the remnant of Israel who were waiting for the fulfillment of God's promises to the nation.
Luke 2 tells us about an aged Jew, Simeon, who had been eagerly waiting for the fulfillment of all of God's promises to Israel. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that the child Jesus would be the One who would bring all that the Prophets had promised to pass. But Jesus would be much more - according to Simeon, He would divide Israel and cause the truth about how Israel really felt about God to be exposed.
As Mary and Joseph are in the Temple to offer their sacrifice and present Jesus before a priest, a righteous man named Simeon approaches them and takes up Jesus in his arms. Luke tells us that Simeon was "waiting for the consolation of Israel", and that the Spirit had told him that he would not die before he saw the king ("the Lord's Christ") who bring that "consolation" to pass. This episode examines the details of Luke 2 verses 25 through 32.
When Jesus was eight days old, He was circumcised according to the Law. 32 days later, Mary and Joseph travel to Jerusalem to make a sacrifice for their purification and present Jesus before a priest. Why did Jesus have to be circumcised and what does it have to do with the covenant God made with His people? What were these days like? Find out in this episode as we look at Luke 2.