A THRILL OF HOPE: WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT HOPE FROM SIMEON?
December 20, 2015
Luke 2:22-35 ESV:  And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)  and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”  Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,  he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,  “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;  for my eyes have seen your salvation  that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”  And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.  And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices...if they see Jesus.
- Simeon, in faith, was hoping for the promised Savior.
- Simeon’s hope was fulfilled.
- Simeon’s hope fulfilled filled him with ultimate peace.
- Simeon understood the baby’s life would not be easy, for the baby, or for his family.
- Simeon recognized that too many will not find their hope in the baby.
What we learn from Simeon about hope:
- Hope is available: The Savior has arrived.
- Hope is not found everywhere:
- Nothing is as important as embracing the Savior.
- Hope can carry us through anything:
- Embracing the Savior empowers us for anything
- Hope is the true meaning of Christmas:
- Enjoying, Celebrating and Sharing JESUS is the authentic joy of Christmas.