Friday, 21 December 2012

Friday's Five - Simeon takes Jesus in his arms

Luke 2 v28-32

Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
    as you have promised.
 I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
    and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

Here we have five promises from the mouth of Simeon, who took Jesus in his arms and recognized him as the promise.

This is an amazing moment in time.

Here the prophet sees the fulfillment of all he has hoped and dream t.

As you have promised – Simeon held in his arms the promise of God foretold throughout history. God is 100% faithful to every promise he has made. He promised that he would never be angry with us again and that he is not counting men’s sins against them. We can trust God and his goodness.

I have seen your salvation – Jesus is the savior of the world. His death is the perfect sacrifice.  Jesus + nothing = everything.  He is all we need.

You have prepared for all people – The New Covenant is open to everyone, all people. No one is excluded. All we have to do is believe and receive. Sin is not an issue with God; it is not the barrier that stops us living in the full blessings of God. All our sins, past, present and future sins were forgiven at the cross. Sin does not separate us from God or his blessing, Unbelief in the finished work of Christ separates and causes us to struggle through life. Unbelief in the grace of God is man’s problem. 

He is a light to reveal God to the nations  - Christ is the light to everyone’s darkness. He illuminates everything he comes into contact with. Diseases are cured, sickness is healed, sins are forgiven, prisoners are set free, and chains are released. Christ is the light of the world. 

He is the glory of your people IsraelHe is the glory of God and that glory now lives in us. Not in a race, not in piece of soil and land. Not is a geographical area. Not is a city of stones and bricks. But in each and every believer, we are the temple of the living God. Living stones. A royal priesthood. A holy nation.

Christ the promise of the ages became man, entered into the world, so that God could live and work in each person that believes on him for their salvation.

We are righteous because he took our punishment, our condemnation and our guilt and paid a once and eternal price.

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