"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Luke 2:29-32
Simeon of old was ready to depart this life in peace now that he had seen the promised Christ Child. He was ready to die and face God's judgment because he knew that His Savior had come and that, for the sake of the holy life this Child would live and for the sake of the death this Child would die in the stead of all, atonement was made for his sins and the sins of all people.
Simeon was ready to die at peace with God, for he had a Savior from sin and its eternal punishment! The promise of redemption in which he had placed his hope and trust was being fulfilled before his eyes. After waiting years for God to fulfill His promises, Simeon was privileged to see his Savior with his own eyes and take Him up in his own arms.
What about you? Are you ready to die and stand before God, your Maker? Are you at peace with God, knowing and trusting that God is merciful toward you and forgives your sins for Christ's sake?
For such confidence, we look to the pages of Holy Scripture; for there we too see our Savior and the salvation God has provided for us. There we see Christ's holy life for us under God's Law, and there we see His bitter sufferings and death for us upon the cross and His glorious resurrection. There we see Jesus, our Savior, the Light of the Gentiles and the Glory of His people Israel. There we learn that, when we trust in Jesus, God pardons and forgives us and no longer holds our sins against us for Jesus' sake. There we learn that, through faith in Christ Jesus, we are not condemned but have eternal life!
When we look at Christ through the Scriptures and trust in Him, we too can be ready, as Simeon was, to depart this life in peace!
God grant us such faith in Christ Jesus our Savior!
O Lord Jesus Christ, let our eyes behold Thee through the pages of Holy Writ, that we too may trust in Thee and always be ready to depart this life in peace. Revive the weak in faith and strengthen all of us, that we may stand fast in our Savior until He returns to grant unto us and unto all believers, life everlasting. Amen.
Scripture taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
RANDY MOLL IS THE MANAGING EDITOR OF THE WESTSIDE EAGLE OBSERVER. HE MAY BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL AT email@example.com. OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR.Religion on 01/10/2018
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