We Wait for Jesus – Luke 2:25-26
Reading plan for this week: Luke 2:22-40
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. (Luke 2:25-26)
Tucked into Luke’s account is a single paragraph about a devout man named Simeon, who was “waiting for the consolation of Israel.” In other words, he was waiting for the arrival of the Messiah. The Lord had even told him by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Messiah with his own eyes.
What was it that made Simeon so sure the Messiah was coming?
- Perhaps he had heard of the ministry of John the Baptist, as John prepared the way of the Lord, preaching about the coming Messiah.
- Perhaps he had heard accounts from the shepherds, who had seen an angel, and had rushed to find the baby Jesus.
- I’m quite certain, being a devout man, Simeon knew his bible, and was well aware of the more than three hundred prophecies in the Old Testament that foretold the arrival of Jesus.
- Lastly, the Holy Spirit confirmed God’s word to Simeon!
Simeon was a man who was expecting God to fulfill His word, devoutly waiting for God to move. And because of that devotion, God used Simeon in a unique way to fulfill His plan.
What’s the point?
I believe Simeon should be a model for us to follow, in that we are in a similar position as he was.
- We have heard the teaching of Jesus second coming, as the word of God and godly preachers faithfully testify.
- We have the prophecies of the second coming of Jesus Christ (there are nearly 2400 scriptures that speak of that day).
- We have the same Holy Spirit that confirms God’s word to us.
The question is, are we like Simeon waiting and expecting God to fulfill His word?
If so, I believe God will use us in a unique way, fulfilling His mission here on earth, as we prepare the way for the return of our King.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)
We can change the world, one life at a time…