Seeing God’s Salvation

Simeon was a devout and just man who, like many others, looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Consolation of Israel. One day he got the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die before he saw the Lord’s Christ. It was the leading of the Holy Spirit that brought him into the temple on the same day and at the same time that Mary and Joseph took Jesus to do for Him according to the custom of the law.

Simeon took Jesus in his arms and blessed God. “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.”

Simeon blessed Mary and Joseph. “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” (Luke 2:25-35).

Simeon waited many years to see God’s salvation for His people and the world. He was an old man when he finally saw the Savior of the world. He held Him in his arms. Can you imagine the joy he felt holding the long awaited Messiah in his hands?

Like Simeon our eyes have seen the salvation of the Lord and can live in peace, “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).


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