Anticipating Messiah

Luke 2:25-32        
25 A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He was righteous and devout. He eagerly anticipated the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he wouldn’t die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.27 Led by the Spirit, he went into the temple area. Meanwhile, Jesus’ parents brought the child to the temple so that they could do what was customary under the Law.28 Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said, 29 “Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word, 30 because my eyes have seen your salvation. 31 You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples. 32 It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.”    
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

There was a devout man named Simeon, fervently anticipating God’s new action in the world. He was expecting the arrival of the Messiah and the establishment of God’s Kingdom, which would bring solace and comfort to Israel. Simeon used to wait in the temple as parent brought their infants for blessing. The story goes that he took baby Yeshua in his arms and rejoiced, saying that his hopes had been fulfilled. He had seen the one who would be a revelation to the Gentiles and glory for Israel. Little did he realize that Yeshua would confound Jew and Gentile alike with a new vision of God so radical that few could handle it. Not THE Messiah, but the catalyst for the messianic process that is available to all who are willing to “sell all” for the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice in the name of God. Perhaps.

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