Jesus Had To Be About His Father’s Business—Luke 2:40-52

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52)

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

One of the mysteries about Jesus is what He did during His childhood. Nearly thirty years of His life on this earth is unrecorded. Only Luke gives us a brief glimpse into His life at the age of twelve.

 

Needless to say, this “information gap” in Jesus’s life was just too much for some people to stand. 

 

Many years after the four biblical Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—were written, other false gospels began appearing. Some of these had stories supposedly about Jesus’s childhood.

 

One of these false gospels was called “The Infancy Gospel of Thomas.” The early Christians recognized that it did not have the ring of truth to it and never accepted it as real scripture. 

 

I read through this false gospel, and found it has Jesus doing things like making live birds out of clay, healing a man who struck his foot with an axe, stretching a board that Joseph cut too short, raising a child from the dead, and so on.

 

There’s a real sense of a lack of originality in this gospel. It’s like a bad sequel to a great movie. It picks what it thinks was the favorite parts of the real Gospels and has Jesus do something similar as a child.

 

It also has Jesus doing things that simply are not what Jesus would have done. For example, when another child makes fun of him, Jesus strikes the child with a withering disease. When another child bumps into him, Jesus strikes him dead!

 

This false gospel was obviously written by someone who had a rough childhood and wished he could have done mean things to the bullies in his life!

 

In the end, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas was clearly written only to satisfy our curiosity about what Jesus did when He was a child. 

 

In my years of study, one thing that I’ve learned is that the Bible was not written to satisfy our curiosity. It was written for a purpose—to teach us about God, and how to be saved, and how to live in His ways.

 

This passage in Luke 2:40-52 gives us a brief glimpse of Jesus’s childhood, not to satisfy our curiosity, but, first, to show us that…

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Anticipating The Coming Of Christ—Luke 2:25-39

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52)

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Levi Durfey 

 

ANTICIPATION OF THE COMING OF CHRIST

 

What is something in your life that you anticipated the coming of with great excitement? 

 

  • Was it your wedding day? 
  • Your birthday? 
  • The arrival of a baby? 
  • A driver’s license? 
  • A move to a new location? 
  • The start of a long-planned vacation?

 

We know the feeling of impatient excitement of waiting for something to occur. We can’t stop thinking about the event. It occupies our mind a part of every day. 

 

  • “Oh, that would be neat to get for the baby.” 
  • “Hey, we should also visit that museum while we are on vacation—it’s not too far from where we’re going.” 
  • “Can I get this for my birthday, Mom? Can I? Can I?”

 

Christians are to anticipate the coming of Christ. We are to be…

 

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:13)

 

Does the Second Coming of Christ occupy our minds every day? Once a week? Once a month?

 

Most of us would confess that we don’t think so much about Christ’s coming. Perhaps one reason is that we’ve experienced a lot of people claiming to know the exact time of the Lord’s return—and then they were proven wrong. We’ve gotten a bit jaded.

 

How can we think about Christ’s coming more often?

 

It’s not going to come from finding a chart or secret code that will predict the time of the Second Coming. That will only lead to more disappointment (when it fails to be right) and less anticipation.

 

As I studied this passage in Luke 2:25-39, I realized that a lot of anticipation for Christ’s coming comes from being devoted to God and trusting His word.

 

Around 2000 years ago, true believers were also anticipating the coming of Christ—the first coming of Christ. 

 

We can learn how we should be anticipating the second coming of Christ from how they anticipated His first coming. One of those people was named Simeon; Luke tells us about him in 2:25-35.

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How Baby Jesus Obeyed The Law—Luke 2:21-24

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52) 

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Levi Durfey 

 

JESUS IS CIRCUMCISED AND NAMED (2:21)

 

Joseph and Mary and the baby Jesus were far from home. Bethlehem was a rough 90 miles or so from Nazareth. Much too rough on Mary and the baby at this point. So they decided to stay.

 

One of the mysteries to me about the Christmas story is where they stayed in Bethlehem for the next 40 or so days. 

 

  • Did relatives finally take them in? 
  • Did one of the shepherd’s invite them to stay with his family? 
  • Did they finally manage to rent a room? 
  • Did Joseph pick up some work in exchange for a place to stay? 

 

We don’t know, but they were in Bethlehem for awhile. What did they do while they were there? Luke gives us only the information that we need to know. That is…

 

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 

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The Shepherds and The Angels—Luke 2:8-20

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52) 

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Most people think of New Years Day as a new beginning, even though it’s really just another day on the calendar.

 

The truth is, our lives are full of beginnings. Things happen to us that change the way we believe forever. 

 

Something bad, like a tragic accident, or some other near-brush with death, may finally get us thinking about what’s most important in life.

 

Positive events can also change people. Getting married, having a baby, and such events have been new beginnings for people.

 

Two thousand years ago, a group of shepherds also experienced a positive event that changed them—that gave them a new beginning.

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