“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation. . . .”
Simeon’s life was complete. This was the moment he had been waiting for. The Lord himself had promised Simeon that he would not die before he would see the Savior, the Lord’s Messiah. That moment had arrived; Simeon was privileged to see the Savior face to face and to take him in his arms. He needed nothing more, and he was ready to let go.
Many of us have now celebrated Christmas. We’ve had parties and exchanged gifts. Many have heard a message about the coming of the Savior. And we need to ask ourselves, Did we see the Savior, or did we just go through the motions? As we sang Christmas carols and listened to a message, did we realize who we were singing about, and did we realize that we were hearing about the most important event in history? Did we see the Savior?
Today we can see the Savior only with eyes of faith. To see him, we must accept his invitation to come to him, receive him as our Lord and Savior, and be ready to serve him in whatever way he calls us. It is the most important decision we can ever make. And when we do, we can say, like Simeon, “Lord, we have seen your salvation.”
O God, please open our eyes so that we can see the Savior with eyes of faith. Help us to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We ask in his name. Amen.
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