And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
-Salvation in Hebrew is written as yasa which means to save, help in distress, rescue, deliver and set free. Salvation is a gift from God and is also the nature of God to save. According to the Bible, Jacob waited for the salvation of the Lord (Gen 49:18), Moses encouraged the people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord from the hands of the Egyptians (Exo 14:13-16), salvation of the righteous is from the Lord (Ps 37:39-40), salvation is far from the wicked (Ps 119:155), those who orders their conduct aright shall see the salvation of God (Ps 50:23), Jesus is just and having salvation (Zech 9:9), Jesus became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (Heb 5:8-9), the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11), with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom 10:10), salvation belongs to the Lord our God (Rev 19:1) etc.
-Simeon waited patiently on the promise of the Lord that he would not die before seeing Jesus Christ. He was a just and devout man and the Holy Spirit led him into the temple where Jesus was being dedicated as per the Jewish custom. Unlike the chief priests and scribes who knew the law and predicted the birth of Jesus, they did not make any effort to go to Bethlehem to see Him (Mat 2:4-6). Simeon anticipated and probably prayed for the salvation of Israel and the Holy Spirit revealed Jesus to him. He proclaimed that Jesus was the promised Messiah; a light to the Gentiles and glory to the Israelites. He also revealed to Mary that she would experience a sword piecing her soul; probably speaking of her as a witness to the crucifixion of her Son, Who saved the world from sin. These scriptures reveal that salvation can only be granted to us by Jesus Christ, salvation requires that both the old and young, Jews and Gentiles should wait in anticipation for the final glory through faith in Christ, salvation causes us to have peace and hope in our hearts, when we have received the gift of salvation; the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and becomes our light of revelation as we glory in Him.
You are our Salvation and Shield Jesus, we put all our hope and trust in You. Thank You for allowing us to to see this new day in perfect peace, we praise You and glorify Your holy name. It is not by our might but by Your Spirit Lord. We humbly ask You Jesus to forgive us our sins and cover us with Your precious blood. Remain in our hearts Holy Spirit and lead all Your people to the Messiah; where we always find the gift of salvation. Remember merciful Father all those who lack food, shelter and clothing in our society; that You may always provide for them. Be with all those who are in prison and comfort them with Your divine hope. Heal all those who are sick and suffering and grant them Your grace. Save the poor mother and child who drowned in the ocean by Your powerful hand loving Jesus. Be with all our leaders and investigative agencies that You grant them Your wisdom in the fight against corruption. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Jesus for You care for us. Answer all our prayers Lord and satisfy our hearts desires according to Your merciful love. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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