Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Simeon's Song"
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Simeon's Song, given on December 17, 2017.
Have you ever met a police officer before? They are here to help protect people and to be sure that you and the people around you follow the law and obey the laws that are set in place. Did you know that the city of Louisville or the state of Kentucky or the United States of America aren't the only places with laws to follow? In science class you'll learn about laws of motion and in math class you'll learn about laws of averages and your parents even have laws or rules that they put in place for your house. But God also has laws that he has put in place for us to obey as his loved creatures. God's law and rules are perfect and good but there has only been one person who has ever kept all of those rules perfectly - that person is who we're celebrating this Christmas season!
On Sunday, CJ talked about how Jesus' obedience to all of God's laws is an aspect of Jesus' life that we need to treasure because it is the basis for his ability to die on the cross as our substitute. Simeon's song shows us that redemption for all people would be accomplished through Jesus' suffering and here at Christmas we celebrate both His birth and his willingness to ultimately come to suffer for our salvation.
- Why was Simeon so excited to see Jesus come into the temple?
- What is so important about verses 31 and 32? How is it important for you specifically?
- Why did Simeon say that he could now "depart in peace"?
- How can you and your family celebrate the crucifixion and the atonement of Jesus on Christmas too along with the coming and incarnation of Jesus?
[Post by Chad Hester]