His salvation - our peace!
Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to
depart in peace, According to Your word! Luke 2:29
Simeon was a god-fearing man who had his
place in the temple in Jerusalem, and had his service there. He lived in
so close relationship with the Lord, and had got that promise by the
Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen Gods salvation,
Gods Messiah, with his natural eyes. And now he saw the promise to
Israel and to the heathens fulfilled as he was holding the child Jesus
in his arms.
Nor this god-fearing man could enter in to eternity with peace,
without by this child which he now saw with his own eyes, and the
promises that was attached to it. Can you? Think it over seriously!
Think eternity! Maybe you can dare to meet eternity without Him,
but can you meet it with peace?
Yes, it may well be so, that a person can be that cold and dead at
worst, but its not at all necessary that it shall be like that. Also you
who read now can - as Simeon in the temple - experience to leave here
with peace, because your spiritual eyes have been enlightened by the
Word, so you see Him who is sent down here to earth to be your
This is precisely what Simeon testifies further: «For my eyes have
seen Your salvation!» (v.30).
And what did he see? - Yes, this particular child!
But notice this: He had got a word beforehand - a word that
was a promise and an assurance to him, that this should happen, this he
should experience! And then it happened! «- for He who promised is
faithful.» (Heb. 10:23).
This is also how it is, when you hear the Gospel preached, it is a
promise and an assurance to you! Simeon did not get disappointed, and
neither will you, you who takes your refuge in the Word!
But everything else will disappoint!
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