Advent 2018 - Day 24. Simeon prophesies
Monday 24th December 2018
33 The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Simeon moves seamlessly from prayer to prophecy as he foretells that the child’s destiny includes suffering. No parent wants to see their child suffer, and at this stage Mary and Joseph probably did not understand the meaning of Simeon’s words. Much later, as Mary watched her son on the cross, these words would prove to have come true, and she would feel her heart pierced as she watched him die. We cannot separate the manger from the cross, or his birth from his death. Jesus was the man born to die. It meant suffering for him, but salvation for the world, and he accepted his destiny willingly. How grateful we should be that he was willing to pay the price that we might be saved.
LORD I’m reminded today that welcoming your salvation in joyful obedience, as Mary did, also carries a cost. Although my love for you is not shared by everyone, thank you Jesus for the price you paid for my rescue and the life you live with me.