Luke 2:27-32 FNV

luke 2:27-32 fnv

Think of the old man, waiting there in the Sanctuary, told by God that he was thus about to have the fulfilment of his life-long desire, and yet probably not knowing what kind of a shape the fulfilment would take. There is no reason to believe that he knew he was to see an infant; and he waits. And presently a peasant woman comes in with a child in her arms, and there arises in his soul the voice ‘Anoint Him! for this is He!’ 

And now, here He is in human nature, and good old Simeon saw Him, with his bodily eyes; a sight which many kings and prophets had desired, but were not favoured with. He see Jesus with the spiritual eye of faith, as his Saviour and Redeemer.

Many saw him in the days of his flesh, who never saw his glory, as the Son of God, and Saviour of sinners. How blessed we are to see Christ, as God's salvation, set before us, filling the soul with love of Christ, and a high esteem of him, and with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.

It transforms a soul, and makes it desirous, as it did this good man, to depart and be with Christ, which is far better than to live in this (in some sense) state of absence from him.

[Taken from MacLaren's Expositions and Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible]

As Creator Hears (Simeon) followed the guidance of the Spirit, he arrived at the Sacred Lodge just in time to see He Gives Sons (Joseph) and Bitter Tears (Mary) bringing their child for the traditional ceremony given in the great law. Creator Hears (Simeon) took the child into his arms and spoke blessing words over him: "O Great Father, I now see with my own eyes the one you have prepared for all Nations, the one who will heal  our broken ways and set us free. He will make a clear path for all people to see and bring honor to the tribes of Wrestles With Creator (Israel). Now, just as you have said, I can cross over in peace." (Luke 2:27-32)