A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He was righteous and devout. He eagerly anticipated the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he wouldn’t die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Imagine what it would be like to wait your entire life for one single event. Simeon waited his entire life just to see Jesus, and then he sings:
“Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word,
because my eyes have seen your salvation.
You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples.
It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and a glory for your people Israel.”
Simeon wasn’t the only one in the Temple.
The prophet, Anna, was also there waiting for this incredible event. Can you imagine this 84 year old widow praying and fasting in the Temple night and day? Every single day! She knew something was going to happen and wanted to be ready. As soon as she saw Jesus:
She began to praise God and to speak about Jesus to everyone who was looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Two people expressing so much joy and thanksgiving for one event. Simeon is so happy that he says he can die in peace. He knows that God’s plan is being fulfilled and the redemption is here. Anna is so overjoyed that she cannot contain it. This 84 year old widow starts talking to everyone who will listen about Jesus!
Why have we turned Jesus into such a cliche when clearly he is so much more amazing than we can even begin to imagine? These two people saw this little baby and knew God had just changed the story.
When has your story been changed? How did you react?