1. Luke does not say much else about Anna, especially in comparison to Simeon. But the fact that he mentions her suggests she has something to teach your hearers today.
  2. The creation of this word reminds us that the Magnificat, like Christmas itself, is charged from the start with joy and praise.
  3. Sometimes it is the unnamed characters in the Bible who can most help present-day readers find their own place in the biblical story.
  4. Like Isaiah and John, we look forward to that great and glorious day, trusting the resurrected One will return as He promised.
  5. Faithful celebration of the Reformation is possible only for those who understand they have nothing. Whose incapability and insufficiency are obvious and owned. Who recognize their dependence on God for all things. In other words, Reformation is for children.
  6. I suggest preaching a sermon that directs attention away from the main characters. Instead, highlight for your hearers (and proclaim loudly and clearly) the promise of Jesus in this text.
  7. This text gives us only a glimpse, a preview, of God’s plan in Christ to restore his broken creation to its physical and social perfection.
  8. Imagine what it would be like if, when people in our community thought about this congregation, the first thing that came to mind was how forgiving we are.
  9. Luke does not tell us who asked it. But it’s a good question. “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”
  10. Jesus is still in the business of dividing. He has come to divide us from our sinful thoughts and habits. He has come to divide us from false views of the world and distortions of His Word.
  11. The Father knows our needs because he knows everything. This is a comforting thought, but only if He is gracious.
  12. Jesus names what life does not consist of, and in doing so he gets to something near and dear to our hearts as Americans—our possessions.

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