He had a promise.
The LORD had given him assurance – he would see the Messiah before his death.
Simeon lived with something more than hopeful expectation. He knew. As firm as the ground beneath his feet – he knew.
All his years of righteous devotion found their ultimate reward when he saw that face. That small, innocent face.
The Christ child. The light and revelation to the world. And so he proclaimed for all the hear:
“My eyes have seen your salvation.”
She was nothing.
She was lowly and humble, yet the LORD had chosen her among all women.
Mary had nothing to offer but her obedience and praise. When the Maker of the world became the fruit of her womb, she responded in the only manner that made sense:
“My soul magnifies the Lord.”
He was a prophecy.
His life had been ordained from beyond his birth. He was the voice crying out in the wilderness making straight the way of the Lord.
In the womb, John jumped for joy when his Lord drew near. In life, he proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom. When he saw his Savior approach, he gave witness of all that had been made known to him:
“Behold, the Lamb of God!”
What about us?
We are faced with unspeakable evil every day. We are confronted with injustice, pride, greed, and apathy. The world is broken, seemingly beyond repair.
But we have seen the Lamb of God. He has been revealed to us in our lowly state. The darkness of our lives has been transformed by the truth and love of the great Light of the world. Our broken ways have been made straight. Our souls magnify the Lord for we have seen with our eyes His salvation.
But it cannot end there.
We are now faced with the same truths and the same impetus at Simeon, Mary, and John. Now that we have seen salvation with our eyes, it is for us to share this good news of great joy to the world. Our sins have been washed by the blood of the Lamb of God, so it is for us to proclaim his coming. We have been visited by the Great I AM, so our souls magnify the Lord.
We, who have been given this greatest gift, are now the gift-givers. We carry the light to a world stumbling in the darkness. We cry out to the lost that the Lamb of God has come and salvation is here. We live lives of praise to the only one who is worthy. How can we do anything less? Our eyes have seen His salvation and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior!
Merry Christmas from Rambling Ever On!