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. (Luke 2:28-32)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The name “Jesus” means “Yahweh (the name of God) Saves.” His name carried his purpose. When Simeon took Jesus in his arms, he spoke out the truth about the child and declared what his purpose was. The name “Israel” refers to the Jewish nation; the name “Gentile” refers to all the nations that were not Jewish. God sent Jesus into the world to be the Savior of both. Simeon was the first to make a public declaration of the person and work of Jesus Christ, even while Jesus was a baby.
God had told Simeon beforehand that he would see the Messiah before he died. When God fulfilled his promise, Simeon was ready to depart in peace. All the rest of his days, he would treasure in his heart the moment he held the Messiah in his arms. He would also treasure the joy of knowing that salvation had finally come to earth. God gave this gift to Simeon because Simeon believed God’s Word. The same can be true for us. When we believe the Word of God and trust in His promises, God rewards us with many spiritual blessings. God opens our eyes to see his work and gives our life purpose. When we are living in God’s purpose, we can live in joy, and when we depart this life, we can do so in peace.
Heavenly Father, let me follow the pattern of Simeon’s life, believing in your promises and trusting in their fulfillment. Let me see your hand at work and offer my praise that you indeed are with us. Let my life be purposeful so that when I depart, I can do so in peace.