When it was time for their purification offering, Joseph and Mary took the baby, Jesus, to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. There was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was devout and eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon Simeon and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. The day Mary and Joseph came to present Jesus to the Lord, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God.
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32, NKJV).
Can you imagine Simeon’s joy? God had fulfilled His promise. Simeon’s eyes had seen the salvation of the Lord. His arms had held the Messiah, the Savior born to bring light to the world. And now Simeon could depart this world in peace.
Have you seen Jesus, the salvation of the world? He came as a baby and grew to give His life for you. He took your sins to the Cross to set you free from bondage. He was God's one and only Son who came to love you. You don't have to suffer isolation and rejection. You are loved and accepted by God. You don't have to face condemnation any longer. Jesus came to give you a new life. When you receive His love, old things pass away, and all things become new. You are no longer drowning with no hope. Jesus, the light of the world, is now your Savior. You have the guarantee of eternity with Him and the promise of abundant life here on earth.
Perhaps, you have given your life to Christ, but life doesn’t feel too abundant. Times are hard, and circumstances drain you. Just a little peace in your tumultuous world would be welcome. So what is an abundant life? Abundant life is knowing who you are in Christ—possessing His unconditional love for you—trusting He takes care of you—believing that He is victorious in you. Peace comes when you focus on His goodness instead of your problems or dwell on His Truth instead of how you feel. His truth says that He has overcome your world, and, by faith, you overcome when you believe in Him.
Have you, like Simeon, been told you will receive a promise? Then believe it so you can receive it. Trust your God to provide—to heal—to restore—to deliver. Your God supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory. And His provision is boundless. Listen. He speaks right now. Lift your arms and praise Him. Your promise is here.
©2020 Lynn Lacher