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Mary's Sacrifice -- She Performs The Law Of The Lord (4 of 4)
INTRO: I want you to take your copy of God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at Luke chapter 2 one last time if you would. We have been in series of sermons for this Christmas season that we have entitled, "Mary's Christmas." And what we've done in these sermons is this -- we've looked at Christmas from Mary's point of view. You know, I don't know about you, but I've learned a lot about Christmas just by learning about Mary and what she went through from the time that angel told her that she was going to have a baby all the way through our passage this morning where she takes Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised as the law command her to do.
Here was a simple, submissive young girl, chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah, the one who would give birth to the baby that would become the Savior of the World. She knew Jesus better than anybody else. She watched him grow. She watched him perform miracles. She watched him die for the sins of the world. And I'm telling you that there is so much we can learn from her as we learn about her.
Now, again, we must be careful not to magnify her and place her in a position that the Bible doesn't place her like the Catholics do. She wasn't born of a virgin. She didn't live a sinless life. She wasn't taken up into Heaven body, soul and spirit. She was a human just like we are, with faults and failures and frustrations. She was the mother of Jesus, not the mediator between God and man and we shouldn't magnify her position.
But we also must be careful not to minimize her position as well. She's more than a figurine in a plastic nativity set. She's more than just the conduit that the Christ come through. She was chosen by God. She found favor with the Lord. She was the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. She pondered all of these things and kept them in her heart and evide ...
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