Focal passage: Luke 2:25-38
April 1, 2017, marked one of the most important days of my life. At 2 p.m. my life changed forever as I married my wife, Ashley.
Having married later in life, at age 32, I looked forward to this day with great anticipation for some time, even wondering if it would ever happen.
And when the day finally came, joy filled my heart as I knew God had brought her into my life.
In Luke 2, Jesus is taken to the temple, and the author introduces the readers to a character who had waited with great anticipation, wondering when the day would come.
Simeon, described as righteous and devout, knew he would see the consolation of Israel.
All throughout the Old Testament God had promised to send a redeemer who would fix what humans had broken.
Genesis 3:15, known as the protoevangelium or “first gospel,” says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”
Moments after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, He promised a rescue plan.
And now Simeon, after waiting for years, finally realized that promise.
Taking the baby into his arms and looking toward heaven he said, “my eyes have seen your salvation” (v. 30).
While Jesus would certainly redeem humanity it would come with a cost (v. 35).
He would have to die a substitutionary death on our behalf because every human being has a debt they cannot pay themselves.
We must ask ourselves, “Have our eyes seen God’s salvation?
“Have we put our faith and trust in Jesus alone for our salvation?”
If the answer is no, the application is simple.
Make today a day that will change your life forever.
If the answer is yes, may we be like Anna, who just a few verses later, offers praise for what God has done (vs. 36-38).
May this Christmas Eve be marked not simply with more fanfare but with glory given to God for our salvation.