Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Simeon Prophesies Over Jesus

When Jesus was eight days old, Joseph and Mary took Him to the Temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (Read Luke 2:21-35). Unbeknownst to them, an elderly man named Simeon was already waiting for them. The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he saw the Messiah, so that day the Spirit guided him into the temple complex. Simeon is an example for us in three ways.

1. Simeon knew how to hear from God. He lived close to the heart of God and had a passion to see the long-awaited Messiah. God spoke to him that he would see the Christ before he died.

2. Simeon knew how to be guided by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit guided him into the temple at just the right time when Joseph and Marry would arrive. When Simeon saw Jesus, he knew that He was the Messiah. Again we see how clearly this man was in touch with God. He didn’t have an angel pointing Him out. Immediately when he saw Jesus, he prayed, “Now Lord, you can let your servant depart in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation.” (2:29-30). This was another sign to Joseph and Mary concerning His identity.

3. Simeon knew how to speak God’s message. He prophesied to Mary that Jesus was appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel … and that a sword would pierce her own soul (v.34-35). This was not what Mary wanted to hear about her child! But obviously, God wanted her to hear it so she would know that He would become the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the world. Years later, as she watched Jesus die on the cross, no doubt she remembered this prophecy of Simeon.

We all need to hear from God, be guided by the Holy Spirit, and boldly speak His truth to others. It all begins by drawing near to Him and being willing to do His will. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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