In today’s reading, Jesus as a baby was taken to Jerusalem to be dedicated to the Lord. Prior to this, a righteous and devout man named Simeon had gotten a word from the Holy Spirit that this day will come, more aptly put, he was told that he would not die before he sees the Messiah, that is Jesus Christ. Moved by the Holy Spirit he went to the temple courts where he dedicated the child Jesus, and proclaimed wonderful things about him that made even Mary and Joseph to marvel. He also praised God for fulfilling his promise.
When God gives us a word we should be rest assured that he will bring it to pass. God knows the beginning, the end and the in-between of what our lives will be. Even while holding on to the promise, we should also constantly stay focused on the Holy Spirit so that he will order our steps in the fulfilment of these promises. Every word from God to you, no matter how far-fetched it might sound, will come to pass.
The promises of the Lord concerning me are yes and amen.
Reading – Luke 2:22-38
Jesus Presented in the Temple
22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
- Luke 2:23 Exodus 13:2,12
- Luke 2:24 Lev. 12:8
- Luke 2:29 Or promised, / now dismiss
- Luke 2:37 Or then had been a widow for eighty-four years.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.