Verse 35 “…so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
We will skip ahead in the story 40 days. Jesus had been circumcised on the eighth, officially named Jesus as the angel had told them and Mary now needs to make the necessary sacrifices for her purification after the birth. Jesus, being the first born son, also needs to be dedicated to the Lord. That is an interesting thought, isn’t it? Here is the Lord of heaven come as a baby boy having to be dedicated to the Lord as the law said.
But there is another person in our reading today. A man, Simeon, who was righteous and devout to the Lord. So devout was he that the Spirit seems to be in communication with him. We see from our reading today that the man had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before the coming of the Promised One, not only that but he would see the Messiah. If that wasn’t enough, the Spirit led him to come to the temple on this very day.
Now we need to remember that many were not expecting the Messiah to be known until He was old enough to rescue the nation and so many were looking for an adult Messiah. Simeon wasn’t caught up by the common belief about the Promised One because he wasn’t taking his cues from those in the world around him. He was in such communion with God that he was willing to see God’s promise however He revealed it. Simeon knew as soon as he saw them that the little baby was the One he had been awaiting.
He walks up to the couple and takes the child from them and praising God says he can now die. He knew he had seen what was promised and he was happy to know that the promise from as early as the fall in the Garden of Eden was fulfilled. But he doesn’t stop with his praise for God’s keeping His word to send a redeemer. No, he turns to Mary and prophesies to her about His life, including something no mother ever wants to hear regarding their child. The words the Spirit gave Simeon to foretell were not earth shattering as some prophecies had been but they told the kind of rescuer He would be. The prophecy didn’t speak of overthrowing a regime, it instead talked about revealing the truth about hearts. This is still what He does. He reveals the truth of our hearts through our words and actions.
Making It Personal
Have you ever asked Christ to show you the truth about yourself? What has He revealed about your character? Has knowing the truth given you conviction to change to be who He wants you to be?
Making It Personal Kids
What would Jesus say is the truth about the kind of person you are? Are you trying to live like He wants you to? What do you need to work on today?
Father, thank You for showing us the truth about ourselves. Give us the desire to live the devout life You want us to live so that we can be in good communication with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.