Luke 2:21- New Year’s (Eve) - December 31, 2012
According to the Law
Legal year. That makes it sound kind of unexciting. But I call it the legal year, because that’s exactly what it is. What else is it? Tomorrow is legally, according to the law, 2013. 2012 will legally be over. There’s no avoiding or undoing the passage of time. We know that. The law, however, with its legal years, makes sure that we don’t forget it either. That’s what the law does in all of its forms. It doesn’t make anything so. It just tells you what’s what. 2012 will soon be over and it will be too late to make 2012 anything other than what it was. That’s the law.
Tonight we close a year lived under God’s grace by commending a new year into His care. But consider what else brings us here tonight. January 1st just so happens to mark that day when the legal calendar intersects perfectly with the church calendar. It’s really kind of neat. Consider the theme. Just as the year begins on January 1st, according to the law, so also, for the church year, it is on January 1st that we celebrate how Jesus placed Himself under the law. In His birth, God submitted to our physical limitations. That’s Christmas. Eight days later, in His circumcision, God submitted to our legal restrictions. That’s New Year’s.