Sunday, May 11, 2014: "Letting Go!"

"Letting Go!"


May 11, 2014

Preached by: 

Passage: Luke 2:41-52

Song – “Let it go!” from movie “Frozen”, Idina Menzel


Moms let go of their children in many ways, we will note 6 ways:

1. Letting go of my future to accept God’s plan for my life

Angel Gabriel came to Mary                     (Luke 1:26-38)

  • “Greetings…the Lord is with you.”
  • “You will give birth to the son; Son of the Most High.”
  • “How can this be?…For nothing is impossible with God.”
  • “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”              (Mary was willing, available, humble)
  • Unmarried girl became pregnant.
  • Explaining to Joseph; Joseph “adopting” Jesus
  • What will others say?
  • Intimidation of being the mother of God’s Son
  • Song:  “Mary Did You Know?”
  • Realizing God works all things together (Romans 8:28)


2. Letting go of my reputation to protect my child’s

Rejection by others: 

  • Inn - No room for me / us            (Luke 2:1-7)
  • Others presumed premarital sex + illegitimate child
  • Amazed shepherds were first visitors              (Luke 2:8-20)
  • Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
  • Escape Herod’s murderous plot      (Mat. 2:13-20)


3. Letting go by transferring my child to God’s influence

Child - Being about what God intended: (Luke 2:41-52)

  • Jesus was 12; parents heading home after Passover noticed Jesus missing; went back to Jerusalem to find Jesus in the Temple interacting with the teachers.
  • Parents were astonished. Mary said, “Son, why have you treated us like this?  Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.”      (Luke 2:41-52)
  • “Why were you searching for me?  Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?  But they did not understand what He was saying to them.”
  • “Grew in wisdom, stature & in favor with God & men.”
  • “His mother treasured all these things in her heart.”


4. Letting go of control as my child launches out into life

Joseph died (the father, Joseph was no longer mentioned)

  • Mary - was a single parent with full responsibilities
  • There were other brothers + sisters          (Mat. 13:55-56)


  • Letting go of son to the world     (John 2:1-11)
  • Wedding at Cana
  • Can’t control Him; He said that His “time” had not come
  • She told the servants, Do whatever He tells you.”


5. Letting go of my child being hurt by others or sick

  • Feeling so misunderstood by crowds, leaders, disciples
  • Pharisees were critical of Jesus and his ministry
  • Christ was falsely tried and then scourged
  • At cross: Letting go of Son at the cross – Savior of the World!                                         (Luke 23:1-49)
  • Christ was buried but raised from dead 3 days later
  • Jesus in spite of Himself suffering on the cross, said to John, the Disciple whom Jesus loved, to take care of His mother    and he did.                       (John 19:26-27)


6. Letting go of the future without my child

                                                          (Acts 1:13-14)

  • Mary was in the Upper Room when the disciples met to replace Judas and further the mission of Christianity


Q) What stage are you in the process of “Letting Go?”



      Remember:  “Our children are on loan from God!”