Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and the Spirit was upon Him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
(Luke 2:25-26, ESV)
A realized hope. We talk a great deal about hope and faith and how they are inextricably linked (Heb. 11:1), but what do we do with this hope? For Simeon, he waited eagerly for the Christ. Now, many in Israel waited for the coming Messiah (Christ) but this was something that had been promised to Simeon; that he would not die before seeing the Christ. Because of this, his heart was prepared for the moment that God would fulfill His promise. The apex, the single-greatest event of his life was about to take place and he was ready for it.
In this passage, we are able to see that Simeon’s entire life has led up to this singular moment. And in a rather extreme and audacious move, Simeon holds Jesus who is only forty days old and begins to speak. Please do not let the magnitude of this situation escape you… a complete stranger came to Joseph and Mary, and took their newborn child into his hands. What comes next is a moment so beautiful and glorious; Simeon broke into song saying:
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:29-32, ESV)
As we continue through this season of Advent, let us remember the hope that we have. God is always faithful to His word and His promises are always fulfilled.