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Simeon Blesses Jesus

October 28, 2009

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
Luke 2:25-35

Can you imagine waiting for something so long? Simeon was waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting… For what? To see Jesus. To see Jesus heal? No. To see Jesus rebuke? No. Just to see Jesus. Not to ask Jesus for something or to look for any personal gain. He thanks God for allowing him to see the day. To know that the King has come into the world. That salvation has come. That a light has entered the world, a light for Jews and Gentiles.

To wait for just a glimpse of the King. Can you imagine waiting that way? Would you wait that way? Take a moment today to reflect on the simple joy of being in the presence of the King.

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