Lk.2:29,30 – Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation…
This was Simeon’s moment, the moment he had been waiting for all his life. This experience with Christ would define his whole existence. Simeon said that his eyes had seen the salvation of the Lord. This is really a picture of the day of days in all of our lives, the day we behold Christ for ourselves. When we see the salvation of the Lord with our own eyes we begin to understand what our life is really about.
As I read this story again something struck me about this divine moment. Simeon took the infant Christ in his hands, worshipped the Lord, and prophesied. As I imagined this moment it hit me; while Simeon was holding Christ in his arms, the Lord was holding him. The Lord had always been holding him. From the day of Simeon’s birth, at this divine moment when he saw Christ for himself, and then all the rest of his life; the Lord had him in his arms. This story is about more than Simeon, it is also about you and me. The Lord is carrying us from the day of our birth to the day of our awakening, and even until the day of our death. Simeon’s moment has become my moment, the Lord has me held firmly in His arms. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this passage.
“When Simeon came into the temple, he saw a little baby and recognized in that newly born child Jesus the promised Savior. And as he took up that Savior into his arms, he said, “My eyes have seen God’s salvation”—not only the worker of the salvation but the salvation itself. Whether in Bethlehem’s manger, or on Calvary’s cross, or on his throne of glory from where he will judge the quick and the dead—wherever we see him, we see the salvation of God.”
As Spurgeon said, the Lord is our Salvation. I love that, Jesus is not only the worker of my salvation, He is Salvation itself (or Himself). Once I took my Salvation up in my arms I began to see that He has had me all along. He had me in my days of rebellion, He brought me to my day of salvation, and He carries me in His arms through His plan for my life until I step into the brand new world.