The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 49, Born a King

Jeremiah 30:9 They will serve the Lord their God and I will raise up David their king for them.”

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


We know the birth story of Jesus so well that the dichotomy of it all often escapes us. Or at the very least, it fails to impress us.


In Bethlehem, in a stall for the animals because his parents were treated as the lowest of the low, the king of all time was born. The king that pre-dated creation. The king that designed and authored every item that surrounded him. As he heard the animals make their noises, perhaps deep in the infant, the king remembered when he created their ancestors and called it ‘very good’.


Yes, in Bethlehem Jesus was born to be humanity’s king and fulfill hundreds of prophecies. But in a greater sense, he had been king for more time than any person can comprehend. He was even king before time because he created that on the fourth day.


Magnificence took on a weak and frail form. Glory surrounded itself with decay. Holy toddled as a baby and babbled as it learned to speak. The immensity and miraculous-ness of it is just too much for it not to have happened. No mortal mind could imagine the story. No fallen human could hope for such a perfect answer.



Christmas . . .


Bethlehem called

Census demanded

Joseph and Mary obeyed

Hope tried

Promises kept

Kindness showered

Stable covered

Messiah born

Angels sang

Joy announced

Shepherds awed

Child worshiped

Love shared

God blessed

Faith began

Heavens opened

Light kindled

Star radiated

Wise men illuminated

Gifts given

Hallelujahs told.

A Sixty-Day Countdown to Christmas

More Days

Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

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 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

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 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King