From Pastor’s Desk:
Malachi 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.
John, the Baptist and Jesus prophesied in one verse. No one had any idea they would come as they did. One, from out of the desert dressed in camel’s hair. The other, from the womb of a teen aged girl who was engaged but not yet married, and had known no man.
The joy that must have welled up in the heart of Simeon that day as Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus to be dedicated! Simeon, who “…was a man in Jerusalem…just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel…” (Luke 2:25). Waiting with unfeigned anticipation and expectation for the Messiah. As his eyes beheld the baby the Spirit revealed in reality, who the baby was, for “…the Holy Ghost was upon him” (ibid).
Now he could die in peace, for he said, ““At last, Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, as you promised! For with my own eyes I have seen your salvation which you have made ready for every people—a light to show truth to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-30).
In a different context, are we waiting with the same anticipation and expectation as Simeon was? He was waiting for the first appearance of the Messiah; we are waiting for the second. His first appearance was as a baby; His next appearance as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Simeon knew in an instant who the baby was. When He returns we will know “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52) who He is!