Jesus was born, peace and salvation and justice and power and compassion all wrapped up and lying in a manger. When it was time for the Baby’s dedication, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. There in Jerusalem was a man named Simeon, devout and righteous, and he had waited his whole life for the coming Messiah. That day was just an ordinary day and then something extraordinary happened. Simeon’s joy burst forth when he saw Jesus and 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…”
What are we expectantly waiting our whole lifetime to experience? What joy are we longing for? Just picture taking God in your very arms and blessing Him. That is what Simeon was allowed to do. What a day that must have been. Jesus, You are an incredible blessing to behold.
Russell and I were living in Dallas and one Saturday joined others for Shabbat at Baruch Hashem Messianic Synagogue. It was my first time to worship Yahweh in a Jewish context and I loved the festive music and dancing. It was after a reverent reading and teaching of Torah that the unexpected happened. An eighty-something-year-old Jew from New York held his hands to his face and exclaimed, again and again, as happy tears freely flowed, “Yeshua! I have found Messiah!” My eyes too filled with tears of joy as this man saw with his own eyes that Jesus is Lord! He is our salvation.