Google+ 12/28/13 Simeone Can Change Our Lives Forever!

Luke 2:27-32

 

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!”

 

In part four of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Christmas and the Manger Live Forever!" Luke continues to tell us about the miracle that was Simeon.  I grew up in churches as my mother and father served them.  In every church I attended, there was a "Simeon."  Besides my father, I always had an older, wiser male figure to pattern my life after as I grew in Christ.  There was no way to explain whose these "Simeons" were.  They are always at the church.  The were always serving a lot, and speaking very little.  When they spoke, we would have been wise to listen, as it was always a "teaching moment" for us young Christians.  There was ALWAYS a divided opinion about these wonderful gentlemen.  Some respected these righteous and devote men, but others made fun of them for always being at church, and sadly, being old!  All of us could learn much from other cultures outside of America about how to treat the group of people we call "seniors" in this country.  Some of the most precious times in my life were during my childhood when I got to spend time with my grandparents.  The full discussion of this subject will be for another day and devotion series!  Our Scripture today tells us that when Mary and Joseph present Jesus to the temple to be dedicated, Simeon is there.  He is the one who takes Jesus in his arms and praises God for the birth of the Messiah.  This one act of obedience shows us at least three things we must not forget.  First, Simeon recognizes Jesus and acknowledges that this is truly God's Messiah.  Second, Simeon is there when Jesus is presented, so that he can experience this miracle first-hand.  If he doesn't show up, he would never know!  Finally, Simeon gives God the credit for the promise He has made to him.  When Jesus shows up in our lives, do we recognize Him?  Do we show up every day to meet our Savior face-to-face?  Do we acknowledge who God is and give Him all the credit, honor, and glory?  I hope the answers to all three of these questions are a resounding "YES."  If they aren't, let's work to change our answers.  Instead of making fun of the "Simeons" in our lives, let's become like them.  God will be glorified.  "Simeon Can Change Our Lives Forever!"