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My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvaion

“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.
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This Thing

“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15
The angel encounter with the shepherds in Luke 2 is startling. We picture them tending their flocks on an ordinary evening, just like so many evenings before and since, when an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord (must have been brilliant!) shown around them. And they were … scared to death!
But this angel has words of comfort and good news for them (and for us): “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (vrs. 10-12).
The first announcement of Christ’s birth was to the common man. Shepherds. Not to kings or princes or anyone of position or status. And this audience, the shepherds, didn’t question the validity of the message. They didn’t wonder if what the angel said was true. I love the simple expression of faith in their reaction, as recorded in Scripture. “Hey, let’s go see this thing!
Oh, what a thing. Oh, what a King. Let’s marvel today at this King we serve and worship Him.
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