“There was a man named Simeon.” Amazing, isn’t it, that God knew Simeon’s name. The Spirit singles him out and introduces us to one who’s acquaintance will inspire and change us. Readers are told three notable things about Simeon: He was righteous in life, devout in spirit, and patient in temperament. Yet like all mankind, he was still in need of a Savior.
The Spirit told Simeon he would not die until He saw the Lord’s Christ. When Mary and Joseph came to Jerusalem to present their Son to the Lord, Simeon arrived at the temple under the Spirit’s influence. He took Jesus in His arms and blessed God for letting him behold the Messiah, a light for revelation and for glory.
We are in awe of the privilege afforded Simeon to see and hold Christ. Knowing Jesus the infant was delightful, but knowing Jesus the man is more wonderful. Holding Jesus in your arms would be marvelous, but holding Him in your heart is glorious. God knows your name, and His Spirit still leads people to an encounter with Christ in the pages of Scripture. Like Simeon, those who embrace Jesus can depart this world in peace with full assurance of salvation.
Aubrey Johnson, Minister
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