1st February 2020

My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation

“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2:30-32 (NIVUK)

Some 40 days after Jesus’ birth Joseph and Mary, in accordance with the Old Covenant law, travelled to Jerusalem to present the infant Jesus to God in the temple. The aged Simeon was led by the Holy Spirit to go to the temple where he recognised Jesus as the Messiah. Led by the Holy Spirit, Simeon saw with his own eyes the Messiah in the flesh and understood the significance of his coming. He saw God’s salvation—to see Jesus is to see salvation embodied in him. Simeon picked Jesus up in his arms and was inspired to make some predictions concerning the effect of Jesus’ coming on the world and humanity (Luke 2:25-35). Jesus came to be the salvation of the whole world, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Although Jesus came as saviour of the world Simeon predicted that the world would not universally welcome him, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against” (verse 34).

This side of the cross, because of what he has achieved (through his birth, life, death and resurrection), it is Jesus who now holds us in his arms and we now see Jesus with the spiritual eye of faith through the scriptures and inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is no wonder that “the child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him” (verse 33). Many churches commemorate the presentation of Jesus in the temple around the fortieth day of the nativity (February 2nd). Like his parents, perhaps it is a time for us to reflect and marvel at what Simeon said about Jesus.

It is interesting to note the variety of ways that God used to spread the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus at his birth. It ranged from creation (a star), to angels, shepherds, wise men, the aged Simeon and an 84 year old widow Anna who, “gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (verse38).

The events that occurred around the Christmas period tell us that whatever our status, gender and age, God can use us in some capacity to participate in his work to spread the gospel message.

Prayer
Father we thank you for salvation that came through Jesus, help us to see as individuals and a church how we can participate in spreading this good news.
Amen

Study by Eddie Marsh
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About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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