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Open Our Eyes This Advent

Pilot Knob Lutheran     Open Our Eyes This Advent     12/6/2023

After the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. This was a common practice for new parents as they were also offering the required sacrifice for purification.   While they were there two people, moved by the Holy Spirit, came with a word from God regarding their Son. Simeon, a “righteous and devout” man was looking and waiting for God’s comfort upon Israel. The Holy Spirit told him he would not die before seeing the Savior of the world. At that time in the temple when Jesus was presented the Holy Spirit moved in Simeon’s heart revealing to him that Mary was holding the Baby that would one day hang from a cross and rise from the dead to bring salvation to all who placed their faith in Him. It is important to notice Jesus’ identity was revealed; Simeon did not reach that conclusion on his own. Jesus and Mary did not look any different than other mothers with their babies that would suggest his identity as the Son of God. The promise given to Simeon was fulfilled and he was the first to witness the Messiah, believe in Him and witness the inauguration of the end times. He is now able to leave in peace and joy. Who would have expected the Messiah to come as a baby? Who would recognize him wrapped in swaddling clothes? Who recognizes him today, especially during the advent Season? He is not so much wrapped in cloth but buried in beautifully wrapped gifts in glittery paper with red and green bows. He is hidden behind the parties and elaborate spread of holiday goodies and drinks. For many in our society, in and out of churches, they are blind to the real meaning of Christmas.How will you enable others to find and recognize Jesus this Christmas and celebrate His Birthday?

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:Today: 3:45 Confirmation class. December 10, 9:00 AM Morning worship. Sermon: Prepare Mark 1:1-8               10:15 Sunday school.            December 10, 2-3:30   GriefShare. Please tell others. For more information go to: https://www.griefshare.org/findagroup or contact Pr. Bob or Sue Reese.Sunday 17, 1:30 Visitation for Dorothy Bang and 2:30 service at PKLC.~ Past communiques and sermons can be read and heard on our website: www.pilotknob.org and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilotKnobLutheran/

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