Two Senior Citizens Went to the Temple
Bulletin: February 1, 2015
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
- Praise: In His Temple, Now Behold Him (lyrics & melody, 2)
- Approach (before Communion): The Feast is Ready (lyrics & melody, video, author)
- Response (after Communion): The Light of the World is Jesus (lyrics & melody, video, meditation)
- Video Presentation of Jesus in the Temple: reenactment 1, reenactment 2, background
Rev. Mark McKim
In the church’s calendar, February 2 is called the “Feast of the Presentation,” which recalls the presentation of Jesus in the temple by his parents, Mary and Joseph. (You can read the story in the Bible for yourself – Luke 2.22-40.) When they get to the great temple in Jerusalem, Mary and Joseph are intercepted by an elderly man (Simeon) and woman (Anna) who proceed to say some pretty astonishing things about the infant Jesus. Even his parents are amazed.
This is an interesting story, but, “so what.”
As always when we come to Scripture, we need to ask the “so what” question. This is an interesting story, but, “so what.” What has this got to do with us, two thousand years later? What is God saying to us through this account? Hmmm…..