Joseph and Mary took their
child to the temple. (Its good to take your children to the service and to have them
with you. They learn a lot from a young age and God works in their hearts. Its a
poor argument to say you want the child to make up his own mind. What would you think if
one said that about bathing?)
Our attention is drawn to the
man Simeon. He was a man God wanted to point out. He was a righteous, devout, God-fearing
man. He was often found in the temple, it was his custom, and he was waiting on God.
Simeon was a man God could reveal things to and God had given him a promise that he would
not die before seeing the Messiah. He waited for the Messiah but he lived a godly life in
the meantime. He had no wrong things in his life and did not defile himself with anything.
His life was pleasing to God. The Holy Spirit freely spoke to him because his life was
clean. Some people think that it needs a special experience with the Holy Spirit before
they can live holy lives. No, God pours new wine into new wine skins old ones would
burst. We must live as Simeon and wait expectantly for the Lord.
Simeon knew he would see the
Lord before he died. He waited in hope. He looked forward to death because he knew he
would first see the Lord. Those who die with the Lord die well. Voltaire, the French
philosopher, mocked God and died a terrible death. Nurses did not even want to care for
him because he was in such agony. How wonderful it is for the Christian who waits for the
Lord to come and fetch them; they know joy as they wait and a radiance falls on them when
It is good to see how the
saints have died. Hebrews tells us to study this.
No one told Simeon that this
was the Messiah - he just knew it. There had been no invitation or bells, Simeon just came
and knew Jesus was the Messiah. It is wonderful when God reveals things in this way. Now
he could die in peace. Have you seen the Lord and His salvation? Maybe you are a good
person but its not good enough. Man's righteousness is not sufficient. You need
Christ and only then will be fully satisfied. Then you are ready to die.
To some the coming of Christ
is a fragrance of death and to others He is the fragrance of life.
Wait, watch, keep yourself
pure. You do not need to fear death if you are looking forward to seeing Jesus. Have you
had Simeon's revelation? Embrace Jesus today.