You won’t see Simeon in any nativity scene or on any Christmas card but He was a significant character in the first Christmas play. Simeon is described in the bible as a devout man who was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was with Him (Luke 2:25). Although Simeon was a senior citizen, God had made him a promise. Simeon would not die until He had seen the Christ child with His own eyes. (Luke 2:28).
So God, through the H.S had made Simeon a promise. Just as He makes you and me promises. The bible is full of God’s promises, but sadly, some are not a reality in our lives because we doubt God’s Word. Yet, faith is the key that unlocks the promise of God and makes it a reality in your life and mind.
For example, I can be in a hard place and know of God’s promise to redeem what was lost or bring good out of the bad situation but if I don’t trust God to fulfill His promise, then mostly likely I’ll become worried, afraid, and angry– even blame others.
However, if I choose to believe, I might say something like this.
“God, I didn’t plan this and I don’t like it but I’m going to trust your Word to bring me through better than when I went in to this situation.” Then the peace of God floods my soul and I’m able to live in contentment until He fulfills His promise.
When we’ve trusted a thousand times over and seen God’s continued faithfulness then the Lord and His promises become very precious to us.
Simeon believed God promise and on just the right day at just the right time when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple he was there. Seeing the Christ Child, Simeon took Him from Mary’s arms and praised God! Now he could die. God’s promised was fulfilled just as he promised. Simeon had seen the Savior of the World!
Just as God kept His promise to Simeon, He keeps His promise to you and me. At Christmas time we celebrate and marvel at one of God’s greatest promises of all. He sent His only Son into our world to save us from our sin. As you celebrate this Christmas, may your faith grow in the power of God who’s every promise is a “Yes and Amen” to each of us.