Our world was in desperate need of a Savior — 400 years of silence from Jehovah. Sin and degradation had left our world in a state of toxicity. The concentration of sin in the lives of God’s creation caused ghastly damage. God was distanced from us ~ He longed for relationship. Though the prophets foretold it, ears were deafened…eyes were blinded. Thus the stage was set for the entry of a Savior.
He came in the most humble form: a babe … resting in a lowly animal feeder. The prophets foretold it. The angels rejoiced over Him. Yet the toxic world received Him not.
“God so loved …” What an immeasurable gesture of love coming from Heaven to earth in order that man might be redeemed. Mary was great with child, and the days were accomplished that she bore Him. “And when they [shepherds] had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.” [Luke 2:17]
After eight days, Jesus was brought into the temple. Simeon took Him in his arms and said, “Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word: for my eyes have seen Thy salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
Simeon means “hearing and obedience.” Light entered the world to bring us the revelation of redemption and Simeon was able to receive Him. His long wait in the temple was not in vain. Our wait is over, for our Savior has been born. Our Savior has lived and walked this earth. And our Savior has died for our sins and risen again, as the prophets foretold.
Once again, will this toxic, sin-filled world receive Him? Will we hear and obey His commands? Will we welcome relationship with the One who gave it all so that toxic sins could be forgiven?
Will we hear and obey?