Scripture Reading: Matthew 2
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the [male] children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Mocked—trifled with, delude, deceive. Exceeding wroth—put in a passion, enrage. Anger leads to killing!
And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Fall and rising—although Christ will bring glory to many, many will stumble, trip, fall and be destroyed. Death to some; life to others.
Sword—her son’s rejection, ultimately death, would hurt her.
Thoughts of hearts—your response to Christ reveals your heart.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Send peace—universal peace will not result from his appearing. Rather private division will occur. Variance—part, cut in two, alienate. Worthy—deserving, suitable. Cross—any pain or inconvenience brought about by faith.
--Christmas is time for family. Got the guts to disagree for Jesus? Not as a jerk, but as speaking the truth, His Word, into a situation? Or ya just gonna offend people about Trump the whole time?!
--Persecuted church has joy, the Gospel, the Bible is precious to them.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Bring to glory—Link between salvation and glory—shares His glory with us, made like us humble to raise us up to glory like His.
Captain—author as in Hebrews 12:2. Leader, one going before, leading the way.
Perfect—not as though he were morally imperfect, but had a job to perform, to complete and finish, to bring to a glorious end. And he’ll take us with Him!
Sanctification—the path to glorification. From glory to glory. Of one—total unity with Him.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Behoved—fit and proper, necessary, obligation. Merciful—toward sinners. Faithful—toward God. Reconciliation—appease, placate, propitious.
Succour—If He could withstand it Himself, he can help you. Help, aid, relief.