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 2:33-35)
Pastor John’s Notes:
There is a price to be paid to follow after Jesus. Mary paid a great price in becoming the mother of Jesus. The disciples paid a price to follow after him. Throughout the ages, Christian believers have had to pay a price to live for God. All of this is eclipsed by the price Jesus paid on the cross for our redemption. If you will follow after Jesus, there is a price you will have to pay.
But the price we pay pales in comparison with our eternal reward. Mary saw her son risen from the dead. The disciples were commissioned to bring the message of the gospel to the world. The kingdom of God is spreading across the globe, binding people together as brothers and sisters in Christ. And Jesus has ascended to the throne of God with all authority in heaven and on earth. The blessings we receive far outweigh the price we pay. God always rewards the faithfulness of his people.
Heavenly Father, teach me to remain steadfast in times of challenge. Let the testimony of saints like Simeon resonate within me. Inspire me to be faithful as they were faithful. Set my spiritual eyes on the goal of my faith and the great reward of eternal life.