“And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed'” (Luke 2:34-35).
Simeon knows about waiting. God promised Simeon that he would not die before seeing the Messiah. He is a devout man, living in Jerusalem, and God has filled him with the Holy Spirit so he will recognize the Savior. Here he is, worshiping in the temple when in walk these new parents with a little baby boy, prepared to be circumcised according to the custom of the Law. What joy must have flooded him that day as he took the baby Jesus into his arms! He held the baby and sang a song of praise to God, saying, “For my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples” (Luke 2:30-31).
Simeon also gave an interesting prophecy: The name of Jesus will reveal the thoughts of the heart. Indeed it does! Some people praise His name, others are not moved by Jesus, and some well up with anger at the mention of Jesus’ name.
Prayer: Father, reveal my heart to those who live in darkness and ignorance of Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
As We Wait: Try it today. Ask someone you don’t know, “What do you think of Jesus?” Perhaps their response will give you an opportunity to share your hope in Jesus.