A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He was righteous and devout. He eagerly anticipated the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he wouldn’t die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Led by the Spirit, he went into the temple area. Meanwhile, Jesus’ parents brought the child to the temple so that they could do what was customary under the Law. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said,
“Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word,because my eyes have seen your salvation. You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples. It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.”
His father and mother were amazed by what was said about him. (Luke 2.25-33 CEB)
Did you notice it? Simeon’s delight is that the Lord’s Christ will bless not only Israel, but will be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles.” And I really like that because … I’m a Gentile. This just makes me want to pray!
When will you dismiss me, your servant, Father? Will I go in peace? Not until the eyes of my soul have seen Jesus shape me more into your likeness from the inside out, I pray! Light you have revealed for me, and for light, I pray. You have surrounded me with your people, and for your glory, and so for their blessing, may I live and die. My eyes have seen your glory in the coming of my Lord. And so may I come to him every day before my days are done. Amen.