The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

Today's Reading: Luke 2:22-40

Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 12:1-13:9; Titus 1:1-2:6

Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. (Luke 2:22)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus didn't have to keep the Law. He was conceived perfect. He was born perfect. He is without sin. The Law doesn't apply to Him. It applies to you. Not Him. But He fulfills it at every point. The Law demanded that after forty days, the firstborn son be brought to the temple and presented to the Lord. So that's what happened to Jesus. He was keeping the Law, for you, even as a baby.

The firstborn were presented to the Temple as a reminder to every Jewish family that they had been rescued from Egypt at the cost of the death of the firstborn of the Egyptians. Their salvation had come because of the death of those children. When Jesus is presented in the Temple, however, there is something reversed. This was the One who would take the place of every sinner and deliver us from sin and death. Here was the firstborn who was not rescued but given up to death to save everyone.

When Jesus is presented in the Temple, we are witnessing the Father's desire to see our salvation through. He sent His Son to trade places with you. He begins by being born under the Law, fulfilling and keeping all its rules, and finally, on the cross, taking your punishment under the Law. That way, at every point with respect to the Law, Jesus is your Savior.

Then, on the Last Day, when you are raised from the dead, Jesus will present you to the Father as holy and blameless in His sight. Baptism and His Body and Blood promise that. They have made you presentable to the Lord. You will stand before Him with zero guilt and He will smile upon you forever. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Jesus, by Your presentation, When they blessed You, weak and poor, Make us see Your great salvation, Seal us with Your promise sure; And present us in You glory to Your Father, cleansed and pure. (In His Temple Now Behold Him, LSB 519:3)


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