What Simeon SaidRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., December 17, 2017
Part of the Advent 2017 series.
This Sunday, the third week of Advent 2017, we are continuing our series of messages on ‘Who Said What About the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus.’ Up to this point, we have considered what Mary said, and then what the angelic host said about the coming of our Savior in human flesh. This week, we will be looking to see what this obscure man named “Simeon” declared about Jesus as recorded for us in Luke 2:25-35.
And let us remember that the purpose for this way of looking at the Gospel accounts of the birth of our Lord is that from these voices, both human and angelic, we discover more about the kind of Savior who came to earth, and about those He came to save and deliver from their sins.
As you read this portion of Scripture in preparation for Sunday, you will really want to pay attention as we come to the end of Simeon’s words about our Savior in verses 34-35. There is a most surprising and unexpected conclusion waiting for us!
21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. (KJV)