Sermon #14 Luke Sermons
Title: “According To The Law”
Text: Luke 2:21-24
Subject: Christ’s Presentation in the Temple
Date: Sunday Evening – October 3, 1999
Tape # V-48a
Readings: Office: Buddy Daugherty Auditorium: Merle Hart
Everything our Savior did as a man he did “according to the law.” When the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save his people from their sins, he willingly put himself under the law and became voluntarily subject to the law in all things as a man. He did so because God cannot justify the guilty except upon the grounds of strict justice. Righteousness must be maintained and justice must be satisfied in the exercise of mercy, love, and grace. He who is our God and Savior is “a just God and a Savior” (Isa. 45:20). “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged” (Pro. 16:6).
Though the yoke of the law was a heavy yoke, and only a shadow of good things to come, if we would have those good things, Christ must bear the law’s heavy yoke for us. And he did it as our willing Substitute and Surety. Though the carnal ordinances of the law were what the Holy Spirit calls, “weak and beggarly elements,” and but the “rudiments of the world,” our Lord Jesus Christ submitted to all the ordinances and institutions of the law as a man, that he might fulfil the law for us and bring it to an honorable end.
Proposition: Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled all the law for us, from the beginning to the end of his manhood, that he might by his obedience unto death bring in everlasting righteousness for us and put away our sins forever, and that he might do so in a way that honors God.
In our text, tonight, we see our Savior, Mediator, Surety, and Substitute beginning to fulfil the law of God in the room and stead of his people – Luke 2:21-24.
I. When he was just a baby, eight days old, The Lord Jesus Christ was circumcised as our Covenant Surety.
Circumcision was instituted under the law as a symbol of the new birth. The cutting away the filth of the flesh showed the necessity of God’s elect being purified by his grace (Tit. 3:5-6). But Christ had no sin. Why was he circumcised? The answer is obvious. He was circumcised as our Surety.
A. Circumcision identified him as one with Abraham’s seed whom he came to save (Heb. 2:16-17).
B. Circumcision required the shedding of blood.
Here he shed a few drops of blood by a painful act done to him by order of God’s law, as a foreshadowing of the pouring out of his life’s blood unto death, by the order of God’s law, in the most painful, ignominious manner possible.
C. By submitting to this ordinance of the law, our blessed Savior voluntarily made himself a debtor to do the whole law for us (Gal. 5:3).
Circumcision was the legally required pledge of every Israelite that he was a debtor to keep the whole law. Our Lord Jesus Christ, “by being circumcised,” wrote Thomas Goodwin, “did as it were set his hand to it, being made sin for us.” The ceremonial law consisted much in sacrifices. Christ hereby obliged himself to offer, not the blood of bulls and goats, but his own blood.
II. When he was circumcised, The incarnate God was named as our Savior. – “His name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”
This name Jesus, or Joshua, was given to our Lord by the express command of God by the angel, both to Joseph and to Mary, before he was conceived in the womb (Matt. 1:21; Lk. 1:31).
A. Many are called “Jesus” who are not saviors at all. – This was a common name (Col. 4:11).
B. Our Lord was given this name because it was the name of two very eminent types of him in the Old Testament.
1. Joshua, who led Israel into the land of rest.
2. Joshua, the priest upon his throne (Zech. 3:1-5; 6:11-13).
· Joshua represented the removal of sin by Christ.
· Joshua also represented our Lord Jesus Christ upon his throne as our Intercessor King.
C. Our Lord Jesus Christ was named Jesus because he was sent into this world to save his people from their sins; and save them he shall.
1. He shall save! – By Redemption! – By Regeneration! – By Resurrection!
2. His people! – His by divine election! – His by covenant gift!
3. From their sins! – Their Penalty! – Their Power! – Their Presence! – Their Consequence!
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast,
Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.
Dear name! The rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding place:
My never failing treasury filled,
With boundless stores of grace!
III. Our Lord Jesus Christ was presented in the temple at Jerusalem as the Firstborn, “according to the law.”
A. Mary came to the temple to offer he sacrifices, according to the law, for ceremonial purification, forty days after Christ was born , “according to the law” (Lev. 12:4-6).
There is no cleansing from uncleanness of any kind, except by the blood of a sacrifice. If we would be clean before God, it must be by blood.
B. The Lord Jesus came into his temple to fulfil the prophecy given by Malachi.
C. Our Savior, the God-man, came into the temple, according to the law of God, as the firstborn, as God’s firstborn, that one who is sanctified and holy before God (Ex. 13:2; Num. 3:13).
· Christ is the Firstborn!
· Among Many Brethren (Rom. 8:29).
· Of Every Creature (Col. 1:15).
· From The Dead (Col. 1:18).
IV. In order to bring us into the unsearchable riches of his grace and his kingdom, the Son of God became the poorest of men (v. 24).
The law required worshippers to bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or turtledove for a sin offering, except if they were very poor. If they were very poor, they were allowed to bring two young pigeons or two turtledoves (Lev. 12:6-8), the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. Mary was a poor woman.
1. Since Christ fulfilled all the law for us, we are entirely and forever free from the law (Gal. 3:13; Rom. 7:4; 10:4).
2. We must never attempt to worship God by the carnal ordinances of legal religion.
3. Those who attempt to establish righteousness by their works do but trample upon God’s holy law and would nullify it altogether as an unholy thing.
4. We establish the law by faith in Christ (Rom. 3:28, 31).
5. Let us now prove the sincerity of our love to Christ (2 Cor. 8:7-9).
How do we prove the sincerity of our love to our Savior?
· By Our Devotion and Commitment To Him.
· By Our Generosity in His Cause.
· By Our Love and Devotion to One Another.