It’s Christmas week and as usual, my birthday week as well…yap, I’m gladly a Christmas babe!! 🙂
That remark is a step of progress, having resolved to not mope about the Christmas cards sent my way over the years with a by-the-way insert, “oh yah, Happy Birthday”. Nowadays, I feel very blessed to be born in such an anointed season (cough, cough).
Anyhow, I’ve been going through the scriptures recounting the happenings around the birth of Jesus. Such an extraordinary unfolding of events. Very detailed and totally well thought out and put together.
One exciting story strikes me about a man named Simeon. He was a righteous and devout man and the Holy Ghost was upon him. It was revealed to Him that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
Wow! How intriguing it must have been for him to know that a Saviour would be born. To know that hope would finally return to humanity through the birth of The Messiah. The Messiah who would save the world from sin, condemnation, eternal damnation, guilt, sickness, fear, the kingdom of darkness. The Saviour who would reconcile man back to God and usher him back into the Kingdom of Light!
I imagine that it must have been life changing for Simeon that God had chosen him to witness this glorious plan. Simeon’s righteousness and devotion to God had made him stand out to this tremendous extent: he would be graced by the presence of God’s Anointed One! What?
My thoughts as I’m reading this passage:
-If today’s dates were accurately synched such that Jesus was truly born on 25th Dec. and I was Simeon, I (a Christmas babe) would celebrate my birthday, then see/hold Jesus, then die. That would be pretty cool, a most precious birthday present 🙂
-Would God see it fit for me to be honoured to this grand capacity?
-Am I living a righteous and devoted life unto God?
-Would I have believed the promises of God about the Messiah and about my seeing Him?
-Would I have been patient and remained faithful until the end?
(I see New Year resolutions in the making)
I believe Simeon longed for that day like We are longing for the second coming of Jesus Christ. However, for him it was for sure that The Messiah would come in His life time. He must have kept watch everyday wondering how this divine encounter would happen for him.
Well, one day, The Spirit moved him into the temple where Jesus had just been brought by His parents. Simeon immediately identified the baby as Jesus The Messiah and said:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
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.”
What choice of words those were, fully inspired by the Holy Ghost.
They testify that:
God keeps His promises.
Jesus was/is the Messiah!
Jesus was/is the Saviour prepared for the salvation of the world!
Jesus is the light of hope for the Gentiles.
Jesus is the glory of the Israelites.
Therefore, I encourage us to embrace the Christmas Babe, Jesus Christ.
Allow Him to be your Saviour and Messiah, to be your light and your hope!
Merry Christmas!!!! <3