GOSPEL of LUKE
After three days they found him in the Temple precincts,
sitting in the middle of the rabbis, listening to them and asking
them questions. All who were listening were astonished at his understanding
and at his answers.
days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should
be taken of all the world. The census first took place when Quirinius
was governor of Syria; and everyone went to enroll himself, each
man to his own town. So Joseph went up from Galilee, from the town
of Nazareth, to Judaea, to David's town, which is called Bethlehem,
because he belonged to the house and the line of David, to enroll
himself with Mary who was betrothed to him and she was with child.
When they arrived there her time to bear the child was completed;
and she bore her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes
and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the
place where they had meant to lodge.
country there were shepherds who were in the fields, keeping watch
over their flock by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were much
afraid. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for - look you
- I am bringing you good news of great joy, which will be to every
people, for today a Savior has been born for you, in David's town,
who is Christ the Lord. You will recognize him by this sign. You
will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger."
And suddenly with the angel there was a crowd of heaven's host,
praising God and saying, "In the highest heights glory to God; and
on earth peace to the men whose welfare he ever seeks."
When the angels
had left them and gone away to heaven, the shepherds said to each
other, "Come! Let us go across to Bethlehem and let us see this
thing which has happened which the Lord has made known to us." So
they hurried on and they discovered Mary and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger. When they had seen him they told everyone about
the word which had been spoken to them about this child; and all
who heard were amazed at what was told them by the shepherds. But
Mary stored up these things in her memory and in her heart kept
wondering what they meant. So the shepherds returned glorifying
and praising God for all that they had seen, just as it had been
told to them.
ANCIENT CEREMONIES ARE OBSERVED
eight days necessarily prior to circumcision had elapsed, he was
called by the name of Jesus, the name by which he had been called
by the angel before he had been conceived in the womb. When the
time which, according to the law of Moses, must precede the ceremony
of purification had elapsed, they brought him up to Jerusalem to
present him to the Lord (in accordance with the regulation in the
Lord's law, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy
to the Lord") and to make the sacrifice which the regulation in
the Lord's law lays down, that is, a pair of doves or two young
look you - there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon. This man
was good and pious. He was waiting for the comforting of Israel
and the Holy Spirit was upon him. He had received a message from
the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had seen the
Lord's Anointed One. So he came in the Spirit to the Temple precincts.
When his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do regarding him
the customary ceremonies laid down by the law, he took him into
his arms and blessed God and said, "Now O Lord, as you said, let
your servant depart in peace, because my eyes have seen your instrument
of salvation, which you have prepared before all the people, a light
to bring your revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your
people Israel." His father and mother were amazed at what was said
about him. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Look
you, this child is appointed to be the cause whereby many in Israel
will fall and many rise and for a sign which will meet with much
opposition. As for you - a sword will pierce your soul - and all
this will happen that the inner thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
LOVELY OLD AGE
was a prophetess called Anna. She was the daughter of Phanuel and
she belonged to the tribe of Asher. She was far advanced in years.
She had lived with her husband ever since seven years after she
came to womanhood; and now she was a widow of eighty-four years
of age. She never left the Temple and day and night she worshipped
with fastings and with prayers. At that very time she came up and
she began to give thanks to God and she kept speaking about him
to all those who were waiting expectantly for the deliverance of
Jerusalem. When they had completed everything which the Lord's law
lays down they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
And the child grew bigger and stronger and he was filled with wisdom,
and God's grace was on him.
year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
When he was twelve years of age, they went up according to the custom
of the feast, and when they had completed the days of the feast
and returned home, the child Jesus stayed on in Jerusalem. His parents
were not aware of this. They thought he was in the caravan and when
they had gone a day's journey they looked for him amongst their
kinsfolk and acquaintances. When they did not find him they turned
back to Jerusalem, looking for him all the time. After three days
they found him in the Temple precincts, sitting in the middle of
the rabbis, listening to them and asking them questions. All who
were listening were astonished at his understanding and at his answers.
Then they saw him they were amazed. His mother said to him, "Child,
why did you do this to us? Look you, your father and I have been
looking for you and we have been very worried."
He said to them,
"Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I was bound
to be in my Father's house?" They did not understand the meaning
of what he said to them. So he came home with them and went to Nazareth
and he was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in
her heart. And Jesus grew wise and grew bigger and increased in
favor with God and man.
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