10th December 2013

A Light to Lighten the Gentiles 

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles,”
Luke 2:29-32 (KJV)
 

Fifty years ago when I was just a few months old, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made that famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. He envisioned a better world for everyone and, although the world may have changed in many ways since then, complete equality has not been achieved, be it among race, creed, gender or even age.  God, however, sees us all as equals and is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). He loves us all, enough to offer us the chance of a glorious life. 

God has opened salvation up to all and has taken time to tell us that repeatedly in the Bible (John 3:16, Romans 3:29).  This was an important message of God who, it says in John 3:17 sent Christ not to condemn but rather to make it possible that the whole world might be saved.  Again in John 12:45-47 we read that Christ was sent by His Father into this world to be a light that believers should not live in darkness; He didn’t judge us for not believing Him because His mission was (and still is) to save the world.  Christ, in fulfilling His Father’s wishes instructed all Apostles to “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19).  Salvation is opened up to all and Christ’s sacrifice was for all (Hebrews 10:10). 

Simeon, who is quoted above, was like the Apostle Peter in that his recognition of Christ was a direct result of revelation from God the Father (Matthew 16:17), but to receive such revelation we must have hearts and minds which are open to being led by His Spirit, to hear the voice in our ear saying “this is the way, walk ye in it” Isaiah 30:21) or, to borrow a term from a film called the Matrix, that He, Christ is “The One!” 

What we are told of what was revealed to Simeon is quite sketchy.  How many of us would look for salvation in a child without our minds being open, or believe that Christ came as a light to lighten the Gentiles? But with God all things are possible! 

Prayer
Father in heaven, we thank You for the hope that You have given us in sending Your Salvation to all the world. We ask You to open our hearts and minds to be able to truly see and, more importantly, believe.  In Jesus’ name we pray,
Amen
 

Study by Jackee Brown

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jackeebrown1About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London.

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Worldwide Church of God London
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