[CF Devotionals] 2012-01-02 - What Would Simeon Say?

Luke 2:25-35

The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. (Luke 2:33)

Jesus is on His way. Any day now He’ll appear on Earth. I have no doubt. I felt called to go the temple today. A new baby was presented to the Lord at the temple. That baby is the Messiah; I just know it. Now I can die a happy and content man, just as God promised. God said I wouldn’t die until I saw the Messiah with my own eyes.

I took the child in my arms, praising God. It was a day I would not soon forget. The baby’s parents, Joseph and Mary, couldn’t believe what I was saying about their son Jesus. I told them Jesus would shine upon the nations.

I blessed Mary and Joseph and then had a special blessing for Mary. I didn’t want her surprised when some unpleasant words are said about her boy. Many people in Israel would reject Jesus. It would be difficult for her to watch people belittle her son for no apparent reason. I wanted to give Mary courage and encouragement. Jesus would give the greatest joy to others. To those who reject Him, it will be their undoing.

Lord, How I marvel at Jesus, the Lion of Judah who is sturdy, brave and majestic. Amen.

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