Advent 2018 - Day 22. Simeon
Saturday 22nd December 2018
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
We are introduced now to two elderly people who will be witnesses to Mary and Joseph about the destiny of the child. The first is Simeon, a godly man whose whole life had been given to serving God and whose great desire it to see Israel once again blessed by God. A beautiful thing is said of him: ‘the Holy Spirit was on him’. Remember this is before the day of Pentecost, and the gift of the Spirit. This was an unusual description, and it shows the closeness of his walk with God. It also shows that the Holy Spirit is not interested only in young people! Every one of us, no matter what our age, can live in the fullness of God’s blessing through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Don’t be afraid to long for revival, or to ask that the Spirit will rest upon you!
LORD, I pray for more of the Holy Spirit’s presence that Simeon knew. Please help me to be able to wait, in active hope, for the promises you have made to be fulfilled. Thank you LORD that the day will come when you will be seen again as the LORD’s Messiah; ‘..every tongue will confess that Jesus, the Messiah, is LORD.’