Thursday, March 4, 2010

Devotional -Snapshot 27 - Seeing Jesus

"He is the all-satisfying Object." - John Piper "--Pleasure in God is the end of our search."

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and the man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him."
Luke 2:25

Simeon saw. We think him old, but the scripture does not say, only that he would not die before seeing the Christ.

And I might be tempted to think that Simeon lived a boring life, always in Jerusalem, keeping the law, at the temple - but actually the opposite is true. He was there because it was his desire. He was fulfilled and happy. Being righteous and devout defines the deepest joy man can experience. Being led by the Holy Spirit comprises the most exciting life that one can imagine.

Holding God as a baby! Pause and think on it! That is the privilege he experienced by waiting for the Consolation of Israel: he saw. He took the month and half old baby, he looked upon His face. He cuddled and patted the Son of God. Then he looked up to heaven and praise to God came naturally and enthusiastically from his heart.

What a day for Simeon! Not only would he never forget, neither will thousands and thousands of readers, neither will I.

Jesus is the Sovereign Lord. Jesus is the promise. Jesus is salvation. Jesus is Light. Jesus is revelation to Gentiles. Glory to Israel!

You have the privilege also of seeing Jesus. Bless the Lord as Simeon did for this great honor. Oh how He loves you and me.

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