25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Simenon was one of the witnesses in Jerusalem who saw Jesus as the comfort of Israel.
His story is not very long, but the bible said “he was righteous and devout, and waiting for the comfort of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.” What a great man!!
Not only that, the action of the Holy Spirit upon his life is mentioned 3 times in 10 verses.
- Holy Spirit was upon him.
- He had knowledge, through the Holy Spirit,
- He came by the Spirit into the temple:
Before Jesus went to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to His believers, there are not many cases for people to have Holy Spirit upon them.
Also, there was one special element of Simeon life: “waiting for the comfort of Israel” before he died.
Today, I have Holy Spirit with me at all times. But, what I am waiting/longing for? new car, new house, new Job, new……?
I am not saying a new car, house, job…are not good. They all come with the blessings of Jesus.
But, what is the heart-beat of my life?
What would I like to be described as from Jesus’ eye?
Written by Allen Leu