Simeon Sees God ’s Light
Simeon was an older man who loved God and did what was right in God’s eyes. He trusted all God’s promises, and he often visited the temple in Jerusalem to worship there.
When Simeon was younger, God had made him an extraordinary promise. God promised that before Simeon died, he would get to see the Savior of the world. That’s an amazing promise!
One day, the Holy Spirit urged Simeon to go to the temple. As he was walking in the temple courts, he suddenly saw a man and a woman and a baby. It was Mary and Joseph and Jesus! They were there for Jesus’ dedication!
Even though Simeon had never met them, he knew who the baby was! He was the Savior! This was the moment Simeon had been waiting for! He gently took Jesus from their arms and held him in his own arms.
As Joseph and Mary looked at him in surprise, he said, “I can now die in peace, Lord, for you kept your promise. I’ve seen the Savior! This baby will be a light not only for the Jewish people, but for Gentiles too. This baby will be the Savior of everyone in the whole world!”
We call Simeon’s words the “Song of Simeon,” and we sing it sometimes at church. We’re just as happy as Simeon was that Jesus came to be the Savior of the world.
What did Simeon know when he saw the baby Jesus?
He knew that Jesus was the “light,” the Savior of the whole world.
As I hang the LIGHT on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent reminder for me:
Jesus is the Light of the whole world, just as Simeon said.
He came to save all nations—including me!
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