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December 30, 2018

Sermon: “What Child Is This?”

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Scripture Lesson

1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:41-52

For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.’
She left him there for the Lord.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’ He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
“What Child Is This?”
1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:41-52

I. Introduction: Calvin and Hobbes
II. Hannah and Samuel (1 Sam. 1:27-28)
     A. The back story
     B. Back to Shiloh and Eli
         1. Samuel as answered prayer (1:27)
             a. Samuel’s name
             b. Gift of God
         2. Hannah knows Samuel is God’s (1:28)
III. Jesus and his parents (Lk. 2:41-52)
     A. In Jerusalem (2:41-42)
     B. Mary and Joseph start back (2:43-44)
     C. They go back to search (2:45)
     D. They find him (2:46, 48)
     E. Jesus is surprised (2:49)
     F. Jesus knows he is God’s (2:49)
IV. Application
     A. Our children are not ours but God’s
     B. Divine necessity (Lk. 2:39)
     C. Searching for identity (Lk. 2:49)
V. Conclusion: “What Child Is This?” (Dix, 1865)


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