“There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said: Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
Simeon is one of my favorite people in the Bible. Technacally an Old Testament saint (Jesus was the permenant sacrifice for sin on the cross, thus marking the beginning of the New Testament), Simeon had an unusually close relationship with Holy Spirit. This passage says that not only was he devote, righteous and “looking forward to Israel’s consolation”-JESUS- but that “the Holy Spirit was upon him”! Simeon was obviously obsessed with the coming of Messiah! His relationship with Holy Spirit was such that he had been promised by Holy Spirit that he wouldn’t die before seeing Messiah!
So, Simeon’s hanging out in the Jerusalem temple one day because Holy Spirit had guided him there, when in walks Joseph and Mary with Jesus! Jesus is only eight days old, but Simeon knew exactly Who He was!
Now parents, particuarly of their first-born, are instintively very protective, so imagine the scene: Mary and Joseph have reservations about bring Jesus out so young anyway, when here comes an old man, scoops Jesus up, holds Him up in the air as he begins to dance for joy! He says many things of Jesus (vss 31-35), but this he says to God, “Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation”! What a cool story!
My prayer for my life is that in those places where Jesus shows up in my life, I actually have the Holy Spirit wisdom to know Who He is!
Think about it!