What Simeon Saw


A sermon on the First Sunday of Christmas, based on Luke 2:22-40

When the elder Simeon, full of the Holy Spirit, saw Joseph and Mary in the Temple, he burst into song. As he looked into the eyes of that baby, just 40 days old, he sang, “My eyes have seen your salvation.” It was the fulfillment of a promise given through the Spirit, that Simeon would not die until he saw the Messiah. Now, looking at Jesus, he sings that he can die in peace, God’s Word has come to pass. Moments later, his song is echoed by the prophet, Anna, who in her old age sees what Simeon sees. What did they see in that baby? More than a warm feeling; more than a sentimental moment. Anna and Simeon saw people set against one another by this child; they saw that this child would meet opposition and pain. What they saw brought hope and peace. I’d sure like some of that…

Author: Pastor Tim Olson

Husband, father, pastor, beggar, full-time saint, full-time sinner

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