“25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” ~ Luke 2:25-32
The Bible doesn’t give us much information about Simeon, he seems to have been just a “regular guy”. However, the Bible clearly tells us that Simeon was “just and devout… and the Holy Ghost was upon him” (v. 25). And it reveals a central purpose in Simeon’s life: “it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v. 26).
Simeon, then, had spent his years looking for the Messiah, waiting for The Saviour to show up. And now that he was old, Simeon had seen many days come and go without seeing the Messiah he was promised to meet. Yet still Simeon waited, and waited, and waited… Until finally one day he did! And out came a song of praise: a poem of rejoicing (vv. 28-32).
Here are three things we can learn from Simeon’s life:
(1) God sustained Simeon until God’s promise was fulfilled. God will do the same for us… if we will wait on Him.
(2) Simeon rejoiced in his death, for he had completed his task: he had done the job God had set for him. When we die, will we be able to say the same? Or, will we have unfinished business because we worked on our plans for our lives, instead of God’s plan for our lives? Will we be able to say: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)?
(3) Simeon, just like Methuselah (though not as old) was waiting for God’s “reboot”/”reset” for the world. Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather died when the flood came (Genesis 5:25-29, 7:6): God “reset” the world with judgment: everyone died except for Noah and his immediate family (Genesis 7). Conversely, Simeon died when God “reset” the world with mercy: instead of all men dying, Jesus came so all men could live!
We live in a time of God’s mercy. Let us use this opportunity to turn to Him, to yield our lives completely to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Because, we also know this time of mercy will not last forever. The Holy One will judge mankind again, and for the last time. Let us board the Ark of Mercy while there is time.
Have a Blessed Christmas!