31 December 2017  |  10.30 am  |  Morgan Jamieson  |  Luke 2: 22-39

Luke 2: 22-39 In contrast to the legalistic and judgemental expression of the Jewish religion that characterises much of the opposition to Jesus’ later ministry, Luke surrounds the account of Jesus' birth with a cluster of individuals who, in their adherence to Law and Temple, represent a faithful continuation of the covenantal relationship God intended Judaism to sustain. The description of Simeon as ‘righteous and devout’ typifies this attitude. Although the gospel initiates a new covenant liberated from Law and Temple the characteristics of righteousness and devotion (reverence) remain at the heart of our relationship to God and the outworking of His kingdom, something most simply expressed in the invitation to pray ‘hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’.

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