Nativity Lecture 2018 06

Born to die

Apparently the first thing that the Christ-child experienced after the adoration of the Magi was a death threat. Herod, as we have seen launched an infant-hunt, delivering death to infants up to two years old. The prophecy stream confirmed that the Christ-child would face down death for others and give life to all, he is still the only one who can claim to take pleasure in being born to die.

Seeing salvation

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 Luke 2:34 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:35

Dying for others remixed

Pharoah’s firstborn and all firstborn in Egypt died as God brought about the Exodus. The generation that escaped Egypt died in the desert. The high-priests did their work in the tabernacle under a hazard of death. Such is the terror of death and its function in our salvation. The saviour does not need to be saved. As firstborn of God and Mary he is set to die: no-one else is.

Dedication for the mission

After the Christ-child was circumcised, and was officially named “Jesus” (Luke 2:21),the time came for purification according to the Law of Moses. So they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (Luke 2:22). They meet a Spirit-filled man in the temple, named Simeon, described as a righteous and devout individual, who was among the Jewish people who were eagerly expecting the consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25).

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. Luke 2:26 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, Luke 2:27

  • he took up the Christ-child in his arms and blessed God and said, Luke 2:28
    1. “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; Luke 2:29
    2. for my eyes have seen your salvation Luke 2:30

He saw salvation. He also saw what that salvation meant: CRASH[ing] and RESURRECTION

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 Luke 2:34

Everyone dies with Christ. As we all die in Adam, we must come to life in Christ.

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