Can you imagine Simeon’s joy when he beheld the Christ Child? Simeon was called righteous and devout. The scripture tells us he was waiting for the consolation of Israel and God’s Holy Spirit was upon him.
The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.Many Christians tend to think the Holy Spirit was not given until Pentecost; however, God’s Holy Spirit has been part of the Trinity forever. (without beginning or end)
Before Christ’s earthly birth; the Spirit of the Lord dwelt in the temple, inside of the Holy of Holies. God’s Spirit hovered over the waters before God created the world. After Christ was resurrected; we have the high and holy privilege to be inhabited by God’s Holy Spirit. He dwells within our physical heart. We are His temple.
This passage tells us Simeon came in the Spirit to the temple. When the child Jesus was brought into the temple; Simeon “took him up” in his arms. Simeon beheld the Christ-child in the flesh. It is so precious to know that he lived to see the goodness of God in the land of the living. He beheld God’s promised salvation right in front of him.
I love the latter part of verse 32 where Luke declares Jesus, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles”, as well as “for glory to your people Israel. We Gentiles were grafted in through the blood of Christ shed for our sins. Jesus came for the Jews and the Gentiles. What a wonderful promise fulfilled.
One day, we shall behold our Jesus face to face. Our eyes will see our salvation. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, I worship You today for my heart has beheld Your salvation. One day soon, my eyes will behold Your salvation. \Thank You for sealing me with Your precious Holy Spirit for my day of redemption. In Jesus Name I offer up this prayer. Amen!