24th May 2012

There Will Come A Day

“It had been revealed to him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
Luke 2:26 (NIV)

Simeon, this righteous and devout old man, was promised by God that he would see the Messiah face to face before he died–what an amazing blessing! As I read his reaction to this special encounter in Luke, chapter two, I can’t help but picture it in great detail. He takes this baby boy from his mother, Mary, and holds him up before the God who has promised him this special favour; praising God and thanking him. I hear his old voice tremble and perhaps falter, I see tears of joy shining in his eyes, and I feel his deep emotion as he pours out his appreciation. But you’ll notice that he also has a prophetic vision about God’s purpose for this special baby; then he blesses Mary and Joseph and gives them the good news, and the bad news, about their Son (Verses 25-35). 

I don’t know if you have ever thought about it much, but we too have been given this very same promise by our Father—that we shall see Jesus face to face in the future.  1 John 3:2 (NCV) says, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him, because we will see him as he really is.”  We might also remember the scripture about the New Jerusalem recorded in Revelation 22:3-4, “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” 

As Simeon lived his earthly life with this promise burning within his heart, this great longing for the day when he would hold the Saviour of the world in his feeble old arms and cry tears of deep joy, we also should look forward with a deep longing for the day when we will have the amazing opportunity to “see him as He is”! 

Our gracious Father, help us to grasp this wonderful promise of seeing Jesus face to face one day, and even to shed tears of joy now as we think about what that amazing encounter will be like, and as we pray deep within our being—“Thy Kingdom Come!”

 Study by Cliff Neill

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