Advent Devotional: Friday, December 14

Keith Stillwell

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Friday, December 14, 2012

Babies at Temple and Church (Luke 2:21-38)

When baby Jesus was eight days old, Mary and Joseph, took him to the Temple to offer sacrifices on his behalf as was “customary under the law” (Luke 2:27). There he received the blessings of the devout Simeon, perhaps a priest or prophet, and the prophet Anna. Baby Jesus could not have remembered this visit and certainly would not have understood the prophetic words spoken of him if he was even awake. Perhaps the smoke from the sacrificial fires, the bleating of sheep, and the bustle of the crowd at the Temple, made him cry. So why bother to bring a baby to the Temple?