This week we begin the season of Advent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Simeon was a man of faith, and God blessed him with an extraordinary gift, that he held in his arms the newborn Messiah. Here’s the story we will be studying this week in its entirety.
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said,
“Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace, as you promised. For my eyes have seen your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples—a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel.”
His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed—and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:25-35)
Pastor John’s Notes:
God uses faithful people for special work. While the rest of Jerusalem was busy with their day-to-day activities, Simeon was looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. He kept the promises of God at the forefront of his mind. He believed that one day God would send the Savior of the world, and this belief inspired him each day. God saw Simeon’s expectant faith and gave him a great reward. Simeon held the Christ child in his arms! God always rewards the faithfulness of his people.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the great promises you have given to us in Jesus Christ. As Simeon lived by faith and looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, teach us likewise to trust in his promised return. Let this faith orient us toward your purposes. Let each day be joyful, as we realize we are one day closer to his return.