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Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 2 Message Outlines

Luke 2:21-39 (2)

by Darrel Cline

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
May 1, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.


Thesis:Jesus came to be a "Savior".

Introduction:Last week we took a rather detailed look at Luke 2:21. We saw that Luke deliberately put the "Name" between the issues of "circumcision" and "conception in the womb". We saw that he did this because there are two "big ticket" issues involved in the name of "Jesus". The first of those is "birth under the Law" as summarized by the issue of "circumcision". By the time Luke wrote his Gospel, "circumcision" had become the summary term for the entire issue of the fulfillment of legal requirement. The second of those is "birth by supernatural conception" as addressed by the reference to the fact that the "name" was given before Mary conceived in her womb. By the time Luke wrote his Gospel, the "virgin birth" issue had become standardized in theology as the only way a sufficient foundation could be laid for the fulfillment of the promise of eternal life. So, "Jesus" is the One who fulfilled the requirements of the Law so that men might be free from condemnation and He was supernaturally conceived in the womb of Mary so that His sacrifice could be sufficient for the forgiveness of billions of sins. This morning we are going to go a bit further into Luke's record. In 2:22-24 we have a focus by Luke on the "stage setting" for the statements of two aged saints in the Temple...Simeon and Anna. As a "stage setter", the three verses are preliminary. But, as a "stage setter" the three verses are absolutely crucial to our ability to "get" the picture. This morning I want to do a bit of "stage setting" for the "stage setter". So, let's turn to Luke 2:22-24.

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