By Kenny Bruce
Pastor Emeritus, Leawood East Baptist Church, Memphis
Focal Passage: Luke 2:22-35
The dedication of the parents (v. 27b). When Jesus was forty days old, Joseph and Mary went to the temple because she was required by Old Testament law to go there for purification rites described in Lev. 12. She had to offer a sacrifice for her purification. They also came to pay a five shekel ransom price because Jesus was her firstborn (Exodus 13:1-12). The third reason they came was to dedicate Jesus to God.
Godly parents today, either in private or in a baby dedication service, will acknowledge that their child is God’s gift to them and dedicate him to the Lord (Psalm 127:3). [Read more…]