Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
Sometimes, we have to see to believe.
The most famous example of needing to see to believe, in John 20 of the Bible, is Thomas. Called ‘doubting Thomas’ throughout history, it is hard to blame him on his reaction. What his fellow disciples told him was ludicrous. Someone might come back to life after a long illness like Jairus’s daughter or Lazarus, but Jesus had been crucified. His external body was seriously damaged. The torture prior meant that he had been lacerated and his side had been pierced. The savior’s body was no longer whole enough to truly hold together—speaking in earthly terms of course.
But once Thomas saw, he believed not only that Jesus lives, but that Jesus was God.
How much of this truth did Simeon see when he held the infant Christ? Based on his words to Mary, we know he had a glimpse of the future truth. He knew that salvation required sacrifice.
In the form of a one-week old baby, Simeon saw the answers to years of prayer.
Today, we can’t see our Lord as either Simeon or Thomas did. We can’t look at an in-the-flesh Jesus and say, “There He is!” But we can look at the changes in people who surrender to the call of the Holy Spirit. We can see anger turn to love, addiction to freedom, or bewilderment to hope and say, “There He is!” as his love continues to work miracles the whole world can see.
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)