The Blessing of Simeon
This was our final week in our series “A Star is Born,” where we retold the Christmas story from the perspective of a few of the background characters. This week we learned about Simeon and what his witness taught us about Jesus Christ.
In Luke 2:22-35, we discover Simeon as a righteous and devout man in Jerusalem, who had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Christ. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus in the Temple, Simeon took Jesus up in his arms, praised God, and said that his eyes had seen God’s salvation! He continued, saying Jesus was a “light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.” From Simeon’s prophecy, we discover that the light and love of Jesus is big enough to embrace the world. Simeon understands the boundless love of God, and he knew there was enough love for both the Jews and the Gentiles.
Sometimes we think that there are limits on love. Sometimes we thing God only loves us, only our church, only our denomination, only our nation; however God’s love is so much bigger than that. There is a famous song called “In this Very Room.” The first verse talks about how in this very room God loves the individual person. The next verse expands to include the whole church worshipping with the individual. Then the last verse goes on to include the whole world, stating, “In this very room there’s quite enough love for all the world, there’s quite enough joy for all of us, quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom.” What if that actually happened in our church? What if there was enough love for all the world in this very room?
While we sometimes think we need to limit our love, the more we love others, the greater the capacity we have to love. As Simeon demonstrated, God’s love is big enough to embrace everyone. May our love be big enough to embrace everyone too. There are no second class citizens at God’s table, and neither should there be at our table.
Questions to Consider and Discuss:
1. Read Simeon’s prophecy in Luke 2:29-32 again. What word or phrase sticks out to you? What hope does it offer you today?
2. What would it be like if there was enough love for all the world “in this very room”? What would have to change for that to happen?
Monday- Luke 2:22-35
Tuesday- Genesis 33:1-17
Wednesday- Acts 10:1-16
Thursday- Acts 10:17-33
Friday- Acts 10:34-48