Luke 2:29-32 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Simeon was a man directed by the Holy Ghost to go to the temple on a certain day. He had been told he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Once he met the baby Jesus, he had perfect peace. He said, I am ready now to die in peace. What brought about this sense of readiness to now leave this world? It came when he had seen the one who was to be the Salvation of all. He was not a Saviour just for the Jewish people, but for all people of every race.
Three things happened the moment Simeon held Jesus. One, all the promises of the Holy Spirit became real. He was promised he would see the Messiah, and he did. Two, he met with Jesus, the one who would die for his sins and the sins of the world. Three, he received perfect peace in meeting Jesus. So much so, he was now ready to die.
Things have not really changed from that day to now. I have stood at the bedside of many people dying over the years and I can tell you there is often a difference in the passing of someone who is saved and someone who is unsaved. Someone who has met with Jesus as a loving Saviour and longs to see Him in heaven dies in perfect peace. On the other hand, someone who has never come to know Jesus here on earth will often die in fear. Fear of the unknown and possibly a fear that they too will have to meet Jesus face to face. However, he will not be their loving Saviour. He will be their eternal judge. Neither they, nor Christ really wants that to happen.
How will you meet Jesus? Will He be your Loving Saviour or Eternal Judge? You can choose today. Simeon loved the day he met the Lord Jesus Christ. How will you make Jesus meet you? He wants to meet as your Saviour.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Hosea 1-4 / Psalm 37:1-22 / Proverbs 10 / Luke 2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 22-26 / Rom. 1
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