The Long Awaited One: Dec. 13
And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord,“a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy 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. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,“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.”And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:22-38
May the longing and joy of Simeon and Anna be present in all of our hearts and homes. Long had they prayed and waited for God’s Messiah. We can imagine them year after year in the temple, bowing before their God, declaring their trust in His promises, exulting in the Scriptures that predicted the coming King.
And here He was!
Here in this little bundle in Mary’s arms was the fulfillment of all their prayers and their faith. Here was the mighty victor over the enemies of God’s people, here was great David’s greater Son. Here was Messiah—the Anointed One, the Promised One, proof of God’s hesed, His faithful lovingkindness to His people. May the joy of their hearts be echoed in our own. We also have been given eyes to see the glory of this gift, and we also should have hearts longing for His entrance into this world again. What a day that will be—to join with Simeon and Anna and rejoice at our faithful God, who kept His promises to send the Messiah and will keep His promises again when He returns on the last day.
Come soon, Lord Jesus!