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Dr. June Normil
In accordance with the Law, Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem for the purification offering (Luke 2:21-24). Their humble circumstances were reflected in the presentation of doves and pigeons, the offering of the poor. As the new parents approached the temple, an aged man named Simeon had been led by the Spirit to enter the temple (see verses 25-32). On this day, the promise he'd received--that he would one day see the Messiah--was realized. However, he foresaw both the glory of Christ's work of redemption, as well as the harsh reality of His sacrifice. Simeon reminds us that the joy of Christmas is tinged with the sober reality of what our Savior sacrificed for us. Simeon also provides us today with a powerful example of tenacious faith and hope. He clung to the promises of God, even as many years passed before those promises came into fulfillment. Sadly, some Christians today become discouraged by ungodliness and spiritual need that surrounds them. They might even struggle with the hope of a spiritual awakening that would bring multitudes to Christ. Yet we cannot lose sight of the reality that God is at work in the world. Let us hold to the conviction that a powerful move of the Holy Spirit will take place before Christ returns, resulting in a great harvest of souls. We must continue to pray and work to the end. Also in the temple area was a widow and prophetess named Anna (verses 32-38). She, too, understood that this was no ordinary child. Her response to the Savior was one that we all are wise to emulate. She burst into praise, giving glory to God for His great gift. Like Anna, all who know the Christ of Christmas as Lord and Savior are commissioned to respond to Him in like manner. Our hearts ought to be filled with worship and praise. Jesus, our Redeemer, has come. Our redemption has been made possible, and through Christ we find the matchless hope of being spared God's judgment for our sin. Because of Jesus, we receive eternal life through God's indescribable mercy. That is the message of Christmas!
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 96 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb 2014-15 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
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