It is the Lord that calls us to him. No matter how much we might tell people about Jesus and his message of forgiveness and salvation, only God can reveal the truth to people. Simeon didn’t recognise the baby Jesus because he was especially clever or had vast experience with messiahs. He recognised Jesus as the Messiah because the Holy Spirit was upon him and the Holy Spirit led him. Simeon, we are told, was righteous and devout. I take this to mean that he was known to be mindful of God’s ways and tried to live his life by the will of God. Simeon had made himself available to the Lord and so the Lord filled him with his Holy spirit, and so he was able to recognise Jesus, even as a tiny baby. Simeon’s song of praise includes this wonderful line:
“I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people.”(Luke 2:30)
Simeon has not only seen Jesus as Israel’s saviour, the King of the Jews, but he recognises that this salvation is open to the whole world. Both Jews and Gentiles alike!
Luke 2:25-32 NLT
At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
I wish to be more like Simeon who was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah. It seems to me, that if you open your heart to God as Simeon did, he will fill it with his Holy Spirit, and the Spirit will lead you on, revealing Gods truth and his plans for you.
Dear Lord and Father, send your Holy Spirit to fill my heart today. I will open my heart to you and I pray you will allow me to see your salvation which you have prepared for all people. Amen
Numbers 24:1-25:18, Luke 2:1-25, Psalms 59:1-17, Proverbs 11:14