February 20, 2019 – Know Him When You See Him

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord” and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;  and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. – Luke 2:22-40

As I read this passage, I could not help think of the phrase that we so often hear, “I’ll know it when I see it.” That is exactly what Simeon was feeling, knowing that the Holy Spirit promised him life until that time when the Redeemer was brought to him. Simeon was a well respected and holy man who saw many men, women, and children come into the temple but as soon as he saw Jesus, he took him, held him, and gave praise to God. He knew Him when He saw him.

Is our faith that strong that we will know Him when we see Him? Do we make a conscious effort to always be looking for Christ in our lives and the lives of others?

Do we trust in the Lord and the covenant that he made with us? Are we willing to go out and share His Good News with all we encounter because we have been blessed by His presence in our lives?

If you can answer “Yes” to these questions; Amen. If not, no fears. The Lord will help guide you along that path because He is here with us, yesterday, today, and always.

Peace and Blessings.

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