New Testament Lesson: Colossians 3:12-17 (Holy Living)
Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:22-40 (Mary and Joseph present Jesus at the temple)
After Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph followed the ceremonial laws of Israel by having him circumcised on the eighth day, and presenting him at the Temple for purification according to the laws of Moses. Every first born son was to be dedicated to the Lord. A righteous and devout man named Simeon who was in the Temple, held baby Jesus and spoke about Jesus being God’s Messiah. Jesus would fulfill all the Old Testament ceremonies that were pointing to the saving work Jesus would do on the cross. All of God’s messages about the Messiah in the Old Testament were coming together in Jesus. Jesus is the center of God’s saving work for all mankind!