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Luke 2:25-26

 

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.

 

In part three of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Christmas and the Manger Live Forever!" we learn about a very important, obscure man.  How can someone be both important and obscure?  Simeon was probably the man that most churches would label as "the weird old man."  He had been hanging around the temple in Jerusalem for years, spouting off about a promise that God made to him that he would see the Messiah before he died.  Really?  Which of us would listen to this old man and believe this story?  We would probably do what most of the Jewish people did and make fun of him always being around!  The Bible says Simeon was righteous and devout.  How I wish that someday a story about me would be recorded with these words!  What a great compliment and statement of fact by the apostle Luke.  Listen to this point because it may be one of the most important things we hear from God in our lifetimes.  Simeon is labeled by the Bible as righteous and devout not because of some great thing he had done.  Rather, it is because of who he was and his presence.  Simeon's testimony was to stay around the temple, pray, and explain God's promise to him until the Messiah came.  Not spectacular in any way.  Just very obedient!  Often our testimony to others is simply showing up, being there, and praying.  Many of us may never say anything out loud that moves mountains, but our non-verbal testimony may move and save many.  Remember, there was only one burning bush.  Not everything God does comes with fireworks and earthquakes.  As we continue to celebrate Christmas, let's not lose sight of this fact.  If you are wondering if God truly has a purpose for us, consider this fact.  "Silence Can Be Deafening!"