I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. This is day 14 of the 26 day journey.
Day 14 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled The Child in the Temple.
Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:How incredible, exciting, and reaffirming this time at the Temple in Jerusalem must of been for Joesph and Mary. They watched as Simeon holds their first born son and praises God reaffirming what they had already heard on at least 2 other occasions.
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." (Luke 2:27-32)
They heard it first from angels of the Lord before Jesus was born and then the visiting shepherds repeated it to them while Jesus laid in the manger.
Jesus is the Messiah for Israel and the Savior for all -everyone, all nations, all people!
They have now heard the Good News about their son from 3 separate and independent sources. How incredible, how awesome this must of been for them. What was going through their minds? As we see in verse 33 they are marveling at this news ...it was sinking in deep.
I am blessed today as I read about this young couple as they absorb and process the truth about their son. Thank you Lord for helping me absorb and process this truth about the man Jesus.
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.