A man called Simeon

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him, it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah, Simeon took the baby in his arms and praised God, saying:  Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace… for y eyes have seen your salvation”.  Luke 2:25-26; 28-30

There are so many people in the Scriptures that showed us how Jesus’ birth impacted their lives, that we could be here the rest of our days talking about their testimonies; however, of all of them, I was mostly impacted by Simeon, an old man who was granted the wish to see the salvation of Israel being born, to see love in action, to see a Beacon Light for a world in darkness.


Leslie Savage Clark in his poem “Beacon Light” says: “Whenever I come on kelp-stained nets drying along the sands, I think of four bronzed fishermen, and my heart understands how joyfully they laid aside their nets by Galilee to follow one clear Beacon Light across eternity.”

 


What might a person desire most in life before he or she dies?  Security, prosperity, fame?  Maybe so, but would it not be even grander to come to the end of our days with the ability to say looking back on the years:  “it was good, I have no regrets.  Lord, let now your servant depart in peace”. Simeon was that sort of man.


Simeon was a man with spiritual sensitivity.  His faith ran deep; he was “just and devout”; he was waiting for the  God’s Christ to be born.  All of his life was an Advent for him.  It was then that into the Temple walked that day a young couple to perform the rite of purification, bringing with them a baby boy, about two months old.

When the aged Simeon saw the child, there arose within his heart a bubble of gladness that would have burst had he held it in, he saw something others did not see. The promise of old was being fulfilled. A Savior had come, one who would be the glory of Israel and a light to the entire world.
Seeing and holding the God’s Christ was the high point of his life. This same Christ is our own personal, intimate, caring and living Savior. Because of him; our days can never be the same.
Our Advent waiting and worships are every year a renewal of the drama that occurred that day in the Temple. We wait, we anticipate, we festively celebrate, we give and receive, and our waiting is never in vain, although we know he was not born in December, we choose each year to see the drama completed on Christmas morning.

The Christ child and the kingdom for which he was born are again the center of the world’s attention. And if, just possibly, we fall to see the return of another Advent season, hopefully we will be able to say along with Simeon, “Life is full and complete; mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”.

 

 

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