"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. 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. 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, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
'Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for the glory to your people Israel." Luke 2:25-32
Reading this passage last night in my devotions, I was stunned alone by the faith and patience of Simeon.
Having had a revelation from God saying that he would not sleep, not experience death until he had seen the redemption of Israel, oh how I am sure he was anxious and desperate for His Lord to reveal His promise.
Simeon believed God would make do on His word. After all, hadn't he brought a forth child from a couple who was past childbearing age?
Hadn't God parted the sea for His people to cross by using a mere man named Moses and his staff? And in doing so bringing His people out of bondage from Egypt?
I could go on and on about the miraculous works of God. About His promises to us.
To His children.
Yes, Simeon believed in God. And God introduced Simeon to His greatest gift to the world.
As I celebrate this Christmas season with my family, knowing that a small babe entered this world, began a ministry at the age of 30 and died a brutal death taking on the sins of the world….I wait.
I believe in God's promise that Christ will return. I know not of the date or time. Scripture doesn't reveal dates.
Only that we are to wait. I may very well die before His rapid return to claim His church. But either way I will see the goodness of the Lord.
So wait and trust in God's promise. Celebrate the birth of our Lord. Our Savior. Those of us not of Jewish descent…we are the Gentiles. His revelation was for us!
So yes, wait.