Christmas:Glories and Joyful Exit
Dec 04, 2010 by Alex Mekonnen | 0 Comments
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: Sovereign Lord as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel (Luke. 2:28-32).
For most of us it is not easy to imagine that there was a “righteous and devout” man called Simeon waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ. Indeed there was. In the light of the OT prophecy, Simeon was promised by the Holy Spirit that “he would not die before had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Holding in his arm the baby Jesus, Simeon witnessed to the fulfillment of the prophecies given hundreds and thousands years ago and he said; “my eyes have seen your salvation.” Jesus was not one child added to the population of the Jews, but pivotal for faith. Those who believed in him were transformed from darkness to a marvelous light and were called the children of God. Those who rejected him were destined to eternal condemnation. As we reflect on God’s goodness during this Christmas season, it is very important to cherish this moment and give gratitude to God for enabling us to see his “salvation” and be a part of his redemptive plan.
Simeon perceived the true purpose of God to reach out the Gentile, i.e., you and me. In case we have forgotten our status out of Christ, Paul reminds us saying these words: “…remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’…remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:11-13). Paul used the word “remember” twice in his short sentence. In order to appreciate the grace that is given to us it is always good to remember that we were “without hope and without God in the world.” Jesus Christ changed our status. Christ was not only a “consolation for Israel” he was also “a light for revelation to the Gentiles.” That is what Christmas is all about. If we have grasped this revelation, like Simeon, we’ll see death as exist to glory rather than as a monster that is cutting our life short.