Obedience to the Lord always follows true saving faith. Here, in verses 21-24, Joseph and Mary performed two acts of obedience which publicly testified to Jesus as Savior and Messiah. This passage reminds us that saving faith is always both personal and public in testifying to the person and work of Christ in the world.
1. Christ’s Personal Identification to Friends and Family (v. 21)
2. Christ’s Public Presentation to the Lord (vv. 22-24)