Recognizing the Messiah When You See Him
Posted: Monday, December 24th, 2018Print
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Luke 2:27-29 AMPC
And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, [Simeon] took Him up in his arms and praised and thanked God and said, And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word.
Simeon, ever led by the Spirit, was guided into the Temple at just the moment Mary and Joseph came for ‘the Baby’s dedication.’ And the priest, whose purpose for living came to the moment of his destiny, recognized the Messiah carried in the arms of a most ordinary couple among the teeming crowd in the outer court.
Mary and Joseph were poor, obscure, and insignificant, having only doves to give as their offering. But the man who lived the life adventure of looking to God could see! Simeon could see because he looked. He could hear because he listened and obeyed. He knew Israel’s Messiah when others passed by without a glance, without any recognition.
And it is so now…