Luke 2:30,31,32   “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.”

    Simeon had been waiting a long time to see his ‘dream come true’.  Simeon was an old man and had been very patient.  The Holy Spirit had assured him that; “he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” (v.26)  Being a man of faith, Simeon waited upon the Lord for what he knew would happen.  Not only that, when the time was right the Holy Spirit lead him to the temple when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to present him to the Lord (v. 27) 

     Simeon had ‘eyes to see with’ because of his faith.  What made Simeon’s vision so good that he could see what others would never see?  The Forerunner Commentary poses the question; “How were Simeon and Anna able to recognize the Messiah three decades before His first witness actually began?”  The commentary goes on to point out that Simeon had some special characteristics.  The first three are to me the most important characteristics for a Christian to have.   Simeon  had God’s spirit, heard God’s Word, and  fellowshipped with others of like mind.

     Without God’s Spirit we can see nothing and know even less;  “. . . as it is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.”  (1 Corinthians 2: 9,10 )  Jesus explained to His disciples that people who had proud and hard hearts would not be given the vision and knowledge reserved for those who would follow Him;  “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.”  (Matthew 13:15)

     The Bible is very clear about listening to God’s Word and by our actions we demonstrate our hearing; “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”  (James 1:22,23,24)  Simeon listened to God’s Holy Word and did what His Spirit told him to do.  Simeon was open to the leading of the Spirit.   It was Simeon’s desire to leave this world being old but he wouldn’t until the Lord’s Word was completed in his life;  “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word . . . ” (Luke 2: 29)

     Fellowship is crucial to Christianity.   The Bible instructs us clearly to stand with other Christians; “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”  (2 Corinthians 6:14)  As Simeon came to the temple by the Holy Spirit (Luke 2: 27) so was Anna there waiting, fasting and praying for the Messiah  (Luke 2:37).   Both were devoted to the temple – their meeting place.  Scripture exhorts us;  “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:24,25)  We come to Jesus as individuals but we mature and grow in the fellowship of believers – His Church!

     If a person longs to see a better way, if a person yearns to hear a message of hope and if a person is desperate enough they will believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ;  “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise”  (Ephesians 1:13).  This is how the Holy Spirit comes to us.  Once born again (John 3:7) a person must mature;  “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  (1 Corinthians 13:11)  The road to holiness is not for babies and travelled with those who keep in step with the Holy Spirit;  “we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  (Galatians 5:25)

     Like Simeon we have God’s Holy Spirit, we hear God’s Word and we travel the narrow path with like minded people keeping in step with the Spirit’s leading.  In so doing we become a light to all nations going the distance as Simeon did before us;  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:1,2)

     Praise the Lord!

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