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

Simeon was an elderly Jew, one of “the pious”, a minority of Jews who refused acts of violence and instead waited humbly for God’s deliverance from the oppressive Roman rule. He had faithfully waited a lifetime to catch a glimpse of God’s Chosen One, having been assured by the Holy Spirit he would not die until he had set eyes on the Messiah. That day, led by the Holy Spirit, Simeon entered the Temple and there encountered Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus coming towards him. As they approached, the Holy Spirit whispered to Simeon, “Behold, your Savior comes.” Taking the baby up in his arms, all Simeon could muster was to praise God for this opportunity of a lifetime…to be able to look into the face of the long awaited promise…Jesus Christ.

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