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Reflection: The Presentation of the Lord

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

The greatest miracle the world has ever seen and will ever see is the incarnation of Christ. The theme of the Epiphany season is realizing the full nature and glorious presence of our Lord and Savior. As we continue through the early part of this year, we need to remind ourselves who Jesus is: our faithful high priest who came to help God’s people. Because Christ came, we have hope and we put our faith in God’s power over sin and death.   

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.

  • What does the realization of Jesus as fully human and fully God mean for you? How does this help you in your understanding of the freedom we find in Christ?
  • What are some ways we can show that we are no longer in bondage to sin and death? How should this glorious truth direct the way we live?

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for coming as a human being to free us. Let us, during this time, realize who Jesus truly is, our Lord and redeemer. Give us the motivation and hope that we can only find in you, and help us to live according to the truth of your inspired Word. In Jesus name, Amen.