Passage: Luke 2:22-35
22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant[a] depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
Will you depart in peace?
We’ve been asking, “who is this King of Glory?” Today we’ll see one last aspect of Jesus in relation to the question, “can I depart in peace?”
This story from Luke chapter two will help answer that question. Simeon was able to. Why? How? With all life’s worries, can anyone really be prepared to depart in peace?`
Great news. The Bible tells us that the mission of the Christian and of the church today is take this good news and make it known. To tell people that Jesus has come. He satisfied God’s law and He received God’s wrath on the cross so that sinners like you and me would be saved from the judgment to come. God has promised to see this mission through. God has promised to save people. He has promised that there is power in His gospel to save.
Luke 2:22–35 "Christmas Eve 2017"