“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just 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. So he came by 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 which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.'”~Luke 2:25-32
With his eyes, Simeon, a prophet of God, saw people from every nation of the world, saved! He saw their hurts healed, wrongs made right, and the Kingdom of the Promised One established for all eternity. In the Spirit he saw it all; the birth of our Savior, His life, ministry and crucifixion, to His glorious resurrection and triumphant return! Simeon knew he was holding the promised Messiah who would “take away the sins of the world” restoring the souls of men and reconciling them to God forever!
This Christmas keep your focus on Christ our Redeemer. Remember the words spoken through his servant: “My eyes have seen Your salvation…a light to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel!”