Love God for the Gift of Jesus

International Sunday School December 23, 2018

Luke 1:26-31  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,  (27)  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  (28)  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  (29)  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.  (30)  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  (31)  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

Luke 2:22  And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

Luke 2:25-35  Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  (26)  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  (27)  And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,  (28)  he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,  (29)  “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;  (30)  for my eyes have seen your salvation  (31)  that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,  (32)  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”  (33)  And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.  (34)  And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed  (35)  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”



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