Luke 2:28 ” Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God.”

As was the Jewish custom, Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the Temple on the 8th day in order to present Him to the Lord.  Now Simeon was a very elderly Jew who had devoutly waited his entire lifetime to catch a glimpse of the Messiah.  It says that the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die before seeing this wondrous site.  Do you think the Holy Spirit whispered to him that morning, “Today is the day, Simeon…today you will come face to face with your promised Savior!”  I can only imagine Simeon’s excitement as he watched the crowds entering the Temple…”Is that Him?  Is that Him?”  And when the Holy Spirit nudged him, do you think he was astounded to see a tiny baby?   Simeon then gently gathered Jesus in his arms and looked heavenward, tears streaming down his face, as he proclaimed, “Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, now dismiss Your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.”  (Luke 2:29-32)

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