“He took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” Luke 2:28-32
Simeon was a righteous, devout, elderly man who lived in Jerusalem. He was waiting for the coming of the Messiah and the Holy Spirit was upon him. In God’s mercy, God had revealed to him that he would not die until he saw the Christ.
I think that’s why he was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought the newborn Jesus there. Simeon’s response is beautiful. “My eyes have seen your salvation.” This Jesus – this is the Promised One! The One who was to come! Simeon is overwhelmed that God would let him have this experience, this joy – to know that this baby is no ordinary baby and to hold His Savior! Simeon acknowledged that in Christ, God has provided a Light for revelation and glory.
Simeon knew his eyes were blessed to see. His words echo Jesus’ words in Matt. 13, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Thank you, Father, that our eyes, too, are blessed, and we have seen our salvation in Your Son, Jesus. In this Christmas season, give us a greater appreciation for Your light and Your glory.