Once Simeon held Jesus in his arms, he praised God and testified:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.” (NIV)
Later in the gospel of Luke, he gives a prophecy, but here he attests to several truths.
God is sovereign. God is in control of time and none of the events surrounding the birth of his son took him by surprise.
God keeps his promises.
When God’s servants have done what they need to, he releases them into his peace. Heaven not only answers our dreams, it satisfies our souls.
We can see his salvation. Simeon actually saw the Christ child, the promise of salvation. We, on this side of the cross, can see salvation working in the lives of those who share their testimony with us and in how God grants us the Holy Spirit when we accept his son.
God intended spiritual sight for all people. He wanted to be a light unto the path of anyone who could trace their roots back to Adam and Eve—not just the children of Israel.
Giving salvation to the world would bring glory to Israel, because Jesus Christ came from Israel through David’s family line.
And the revelation? It can be found best in John 3:16. In spite of everything mankind has done or will do, God loves people so much that he sent Jesus.
A Sixty-Day Countdown to Christmas
Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For
Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles
Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn
Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel
Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story
Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon
Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets
Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek
Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice
Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1
Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2
Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3
Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)
Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude
Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament
Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block
Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone
Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate
Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David
Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns
Day 46, Identifying the Son of God
Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever
Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David
Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)
Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)