25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2: 25-32
Talking about waiting…Simeon was an example of trust and faithfulness in waiting. We don’t know how long he had waited for since we don’t know how old he was, but we know he’d been waiting pretty much all his life. The Lord had revealed to him that he would not leave this earth without seeing the Messiah in the flesh…what a revelation! And the Lord´s promise came true, of course. Simeon got to even hold the baby Jesus in his arms as he proclaims the faithfulness of God as well as a tidbit of prophesy that pertains us today.
Simeon called Jesus “A Light for revelation to the Gentiles.” That´s us. God had inspired Simeon to say how Jesus had come not just for the Jews, the people of Israel, but for all who would see His Light and receive His revelation among the gentiles of the world…mankind in its entirety.
Praise be to God! And may we have eyes to see and follow His Light!