Join Us for a Service of Worship and Communion
Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany /Presentation of Our Lord
Scriptures include: Hebrews 2:14-18 and Luke 2:22-40
Jesus came to be among us as one of us. He was presented at the temple by his parents, just as we present our children in church. And God decided to live among humans of small resources, too – our text in Luke tells us that Mary and Joseph couldn’t afford to make a very big sacrifice when they brought Jesus to the temple. Prophets like Simeon and Anna knew how important it was that this little child had come to live among us, and they knew some of what it would mean for you and for me, all these centuries later.
Living as one of us came with all the feelings we experience – up to and including suffering and death. Our Lord was presented to us as one of us, fully and completely. He showed us then how best to be human ourselves, and he sits with us in all our joys and sorrows – because he understands how it feels to live a mortal life. The promise we have in Christ isn’t some far-off hope for later; it’s a right here, right now love that chose to live, teach, suffer, and even die so that we might experience life more abundantly.