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Bible Sharing from Luke 2: Verse 21 to 40

Verse 21: On the eighth day, every male among Israel needs to be circumcised as per the law (Leviticus 12:3, Genesis 17:10). Jesus was born under the law, was circumcised and fulfilled every legal requirement of the law (Matthew 5:17), so that He may give righteousness for everyone who believes in Him (Romans 10:4)

Both Joseph (Matthew 1:21) and Mary (Luke 1:31) were instructed by the angel to name the new born “Jesus”. In Hebrew, the word “Jesus” means “Yahweh is salvation”, as the angel told Joseph that  “Jesus will save his people from their sins.”

Verse 22-23: All the firstborn of Israel are consecrated to God (Exodus 13:1–2) as per the command given to Israel at the exodus from Egypt).  The offering required for the purification/consecration was a lamb. Since Mary and Joseph couldn’t afford a lamb, they used the exceptions in the law (Leviticus 12:8) and offered two young pigeons/pair of turtledoves 

Verse 30-31: Prophet Simeon refers to Jesus  as ‘God’s salvation”. Jesus brought salvation not just to Israel, but to the whole world (Isaiah 49:6,52:10)

Verse 32: Jesus is “the light of the world” (John 8:12, 9:5) and he proclaimed light both to Israelites and to the Gentiles (Acts 26:23) and in His name gentiles shall hope (Romans 15:10-12)

Verse 34: The unbelievers disobeys the word; because of that the name of Jesus causes them to stumble and fall (1 Peter 2:8, 1 Corinthians 1:23)

Verse 38: The people of God were waiting for the Messiah, who would come to rescue Israel and establish peace (Isaiah 9:6–7). Anna recognized Jesus as the Messiah and proclaimed about him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem

Verse 40: Jesus Christ is God, The son, the divinity in human form (Hebrews 1:3; John 1:1,14). He is 100% God and 100% man. The earthly life of Jesus included almost everything normal to humankind including both physical and intellectual development. The only thing that separated Jesus from humans is sin, for He did not do sin (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5)

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