He Would See the Christ

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 2:25-52.
There was a man in Jerusalem who knew that he would not die until he saw someone. “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 2:26). Simeon was a just and devout man, who knew the Scriptures, and he knew the Scriptures revealed the Christ. Did this man know that there were over three hundred predictions of the Christ? Simeon must have known many of them. He knew that for hundreds of years, the prophets had foreseen One who would come from heaven itself and be a blessing for Israel, a blessing that far exceeded Abraham, Moses, and David. It was about to happen. The Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he laid his eyes upon the Great One for whom the nation of Israel waited. Every moment that man expected to see the Christ.
Then it happened, Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus to the temple, and Simeon saw him. What happened in that man’s heart as he finally saw and held the Christ?
Yet, what we know of Jesus far surpasses what Simeon knew. We know Jesus the Christ in ways that Simeon never had a chance to know. What is in your heart as you think about the Lord’s Christ?

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