“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a Light to bring revelation to the Gentiles and the Glory of Your people Israel
And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be Revealed.” (Lk 2:25-35)
There is this old man called Simeon. He waited all his life for just a moment of glory. Then he was satisfied. He was a man filled and led by the Holy Spirit. That is why he was at the right place at the right time. It was the Holy Spirit that revealed Christ to him. It was not his idea or the opinions of the religious elite. Having an encounter with Jesus is all that any man needs. Once saved, he is ready to go to heaven. Life’s climax is to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
In this passage above Simeon introduces us to the wonderful Son of God. Jesus Christ is described as:
*The Consolation of Israel (Consolation means to alleviate pain, grief, trouble; to give new strength, hope, comfort, peace and reassurance of a better future)
*The Lord’s Christ (there are many so called ‘Messiahs’. But Jesus Christ is the only true one)
*The child Jesus (born in the manger by a virgin according to the prophecy)
*Your (God’s) Salvation (We are eternally saved by grace thru faith in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross)
*The Light to the Gentiles (like me and you)
*The Glory of Israel
*This Child destined (not an ordinary child but the Word made flesh, the King of kings and the Lord of lords)
*The Revealer of thoughts (Only Jesus knows the thoughts of men. Nothing can be hidden from Him. He is the Judge of all men. He knows who has received Him and who did not. He will reward all men according to what they have done. Jesus knows what you are thinking right now…)
Dear Reader, This is the Christmas season. There is no better time to think about your life, you soul, your destiny. Are you really born again? No man can take you to heaven. No amount of money can buy your salvation. Peace and joy are not for sale. Jesus Christ was born, lived as a man and died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sins. This is the Gospel we preach. This is the Gospel we live.
May your ears be open to listen to the sound of truth!
May your eyes be open to see the King in His beauty!
May your heart be open to feel the touch of His hands!
Fall on your knees and hear the angels voices, The Savior of the world is born!
Jesus is Lord!
Merry Christmas to you!