12th – 13th December
““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.”Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about Him.”
Luke 2: 30-33
Simeon’s prayer is another amazingly relevant and significant moment in both Jesus’ life and in our reading and understanding of Jesus’ early days on this earth. Simeon, like many other God fearing Jews, were waiting for the Messiah to come and bring salvation from sins and liberty from political oppression. The Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah.
On the day of Jesus’ dedication at the temple in Jerusalem, Simeon, led again by the Holy Spirit, greeted Mary and Joseph and took the baby Jesus into his arms. He knew the moment he saw Jesus, that his wait was over. He had seen the Messiah, the Saviour of the world and the Redeemer of the Jews. As he lifted his hands to God, he prayed a prayer of thanks but also a prayer of prophecy. He thanked God for the promise of seeing the Messiah and prophesied that Jesus was ‘Salvation’…’for ALL PEOPLE’…’a light to reveal God to THE NATIONS’.
This is an incredible statement as most Jews were waiting for a Messiah to lead them out of political captivity. Yet, through the Holy Spirit’s revelation, Simeon prophesied that not only would Jesus be a light to to the people of Israel but also to all the nations. Not only would He be a light to people but also set them free from spiritual bondage and into God’s glorious plan for their lives.
This was a wonderful moment in history for both all who were there listening and for all who read the same words today. God’s salvation includes us all. We are all part of Kingdom plan. Jesus’ salvation is not reserved for one people group but for all people. He came so we might live. Praise God that we are all included in His salvation.