“ Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight
of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2 is a beautiful portrayal of the Birth of Jesus Christ. Much more to follow in December.
For now, let us focus on the later portion of Luke chapter 2.
Luke 2:29-32 tells of Simeon, a just and devout man. Simeon was waiting for the birth of the Messiah.
He neither feared death nor would he face death until he saw with his eyes the blessed salvation of God.
This was all according to the promise of God.
Simeon went to the temple to see this blessed hope with his eyes.
The Holy Spirit led him there.
There, he sees the salvation of humanity, the appointed Messiah.
And with that, God dismissed Simeon in peace, at rest in his soul, filled with joy in his heart.
We can depart from this dark world into the everlasting light of heaven with the same peace that Simeon had. We may die in peace.
And we will gladly go to the house of our God to worship Jesus as Simeon did so.
It must have taken a large amount of patience for the Prophet Simeon to wait upon the coming of Jesus.
He waited with patience for the light of the world to be born. God had promised Simeon he would see the consolation of Israel and so he waited in hope. He did not fear death but waited upon God’s timing for the light of lights to light his way to dying.
And those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour need not fear death either. Jesus has gifted us everlasting life. Jesus, our Messiah, has defeated death!
As Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple to be registered, Simeon met them there.
And Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. (Luke 2:28).
He was ready to leave this world and go in peace.
The Messiah would be the light for revelation to the Gentiles. He would be the glory for God’s people Israel. (Luke 2:32)
That is the promise of salvation for Jews and Gentiles, for those in the world who will believe in Jesus as our Saviour.
The Scriptures included you and me in the words of Luke 2:32.
Think of it… we are part of God’s salvation plan as we believe in Jesus Christ!
What a cause to celebrate! The LIGHT OF THE WORLD HAS COME!
Let us conclude today with the words of the “Song of Simeon…”
Now may your servant, Lord, according to your Word,
depart in exaltation.
My peace shall be serene,
for now, my eyes have seen your wonderful salvation.
O Lord, you did prepare
for people ev’rywhere
a Light for revelation,
and radiant glory
shall the gloom of death dispel for Israel,