Lesson Title: DEDICATION OF FIRSTBORN
Adult/Young Adult Topic: EXCITEMENT OF CELEBRATION
Printed Text: Exodus 13:13-15; Luke 2:22-32
Key Verse: Luke 2:22 (NIV)
When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People today celebrate holidays and special occasions as if they are routine and ordinary. Are there still times for great excitement and celebration? Luke captured the overflowing joy that the priest, Simeon, experienced as he dedicated Jesus according to the Law of Moses.
Each Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, and every Resurrection Sunday we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. These are important celebrations for the believer because we renew our faith. As the Christian church we must not allow the memories of Jesus to be besmirched by commercialism!
O Lord, our Lord, we give You thanks for modeling for us what true giving is, in that You gave Your firstborn Son to redeem us. Now, may we imitate You so that You may be glorified and honored in the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.