My Eyes Have Seen The Lord’s Salvation (Sunday, December 27, 2020)

Luke 2:22-40

Dear friends in Christ,

I knew of someone who wanted to die because all the interests in living were lost. They was no hope of recovering a quality of life that he felt necessary for life to be worth living. Thus, gotten actually angry with God for not letting death come. I also know of people who are afraid to die, don’t want to think or talk about it. They are not ready to face the inevitability of death, especially their own death because of the scary nature of death. Do you know of anyone in either of the categories? Simeon was anxious to see the Lord’s Christ because he wanted to die, maybe! However, not because life is not worth living. Life is not everything and death should not be ignored. But, knowing Jesus Christ gives real meaning to life and takes the fear out of dying. In consideration of Luke 2:22-40, let’s nourish our souls with our Tonic on the Theme: My Eyes Have Seen the Lord’s Salvation.

After the birth of Jesus, according to the Law, Joseph and Mary went to the Temple for presentation of the Baby Jesus to the Lord and for purification of His mother. On that faithful day, Simeon, the priest was in the Holy Spirit. Though blind, his eyes were opened to see Jesus for who He really is. We may see a person whose name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but cannot see that He is the Son of God who has come down from heaven to bear our sins on the cross as our Savior.

Are we those whom Jesus spoke about as having eyes to see and ears to hear and yet “seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”? (Matthew 13:13) There must have been other people in the Temple that day who saw Jesus and His parents but never truly knew who they were. Simeon in the Holy Spirit was unveiled. His eyes were open.

There are many other people who got close to Jesus and to whom Jesus went so close to them yet they fail to see Him for what He is. What about His disciples on the road to Emmaus? Jesus opened the Scriptures for them, though their hearts burn within them, they still did not recognize Him. Jesus then opened their eyes in the breaking of the bread. In the case of Simeon in the Temple, he took up Jesus in his arms and blessed God saying, “Lord, now Lyon are letting your servant depart in peace according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation that you prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light to lighten the gentiles and for the glory of your people Israel.’’ 

Simeon saw Jesus as He is. And, in him, all the promises fulfilled. He held in his arms, the offspring of the woman promised to Eve in the garden of Eden who came to the world to crush the head of the serpent. This is the child who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. This child would suffer under Pontus Pilate to atone for the sin that blinds our eyes from seeing and stop our ears from hearing and corrupt our minds from understanding.

‘‘My eyes have seen the Lord’s Salvation.” Even the blind Simeon could see because real seeing takes place in the mind and the heart, not in the eyes. The blind men on the road knew who Jesus was when He approached them. They cried out, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Simeon saw that the Baby in His arms was not only his personal Savior, but also the revealer of God to the gentiles and the glory which Israel long expected—the salvation that God prepared in the presence of all people.

In the Baby Jesus was the Lamb of God. Therefore, Mary and Joseph were not only bringing two turtle-doves to Simeon, but also the Lamb, wrapped in the grave clothes and ready for the Easter morning’s glory. Simeon saw enough to know that death was no longer the matter. He received consolation in the salvation he was waiting for. If you find no meaning in life, or are afraid of death, remember that Jesus came to this world and He dwell with you to grant that you see Him as your light and life.

Let us Pray: Dear Savior, might we hold Jesus in the Lord’s Supper with our hands, taste His and salvation for ourselves and with Simeon say, ‘Lord, now let your servant depart in peace according to your word.’’ Amen.

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