Pocket Sized Thoughts – Christmas – Part 10

My eyes have seen your salvation.” (Luke 2:30)

According to the law of Moses, Jesus was circumcised eight days after his birth. Mary then underwent a ritual purifying for another 33 days (Leviticus 12:2-4) before she and Joseph presented their son before the Lord in the Temple at Jerusalem. Whilst they were there a man called Simeon was also there. The Holy Spirit was upon Him and had revealed something very special to Him (v.26) and that moment he entered the temple by the Spirit. Simeon would have been conscious of the Holy Spirit doing something special at that time. When he saw Jesus, Simeon spoke that he had seen the Lord’s salvation. It takes the Spirit of God to open our eyes to see what and who Jesus really is. We cannot perceive these things by our natural reasoning. By the Spirit, God will shine into our hearts to give knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). But Simeon did not only speak. He gathered Jesus up into his arms and thanked God. It is wonderful when God opens our eyes to see the Christ, but we must also embrace Him, that is, fully take Him to ourselves. When we do this with understanding given by the Spirit, the heart’s response is to thank and bless God. Have we really seen Jesus? Have we gathered Him up into our lives? May the Lord lead us so that we also will say, with Simeon, that our eyes have seen His salvation.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that your Spirit can reveal to my poor understanding all that Jesus is.”