Finding Christ a Week After Christmas--Luke 2:28-32
by Jack Klumpenhower
Of all the people who met baby Jesus, my favorite is Simeon. The Bible says Simeon was a devout man and that God had told him he would not die until he saw the Christ. About a week after Jesus was born, God’s Spirit led Simeon to the Temple just as Mary and Joseph arrived to present their new baby to the Lord.
Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” (Luke 2:28-32)
Notice how Simeon recognizes that he won’t get God’s blessings through doctrine or a religious system, but rather by attaching himself to a person. To Simeon, Jesus does not point to salvation or light or glory. No, Jesus himself is these things.
Jesus is salvation. From the beginning of time, God has orchestrated the sweetest love story imaginable. He is rescuing his people by the sacrifice of his son. Prophets glimpsed pieces of this hidden wonder. Angels longed to understand. And all creation waited, like giddy children on Christmas morning, for God to unwrap his salvation. The fix for all that is broken in this world, and freedom for all who are enslaved, is Jesus.
Jesus is light. Since the first man tried to see good and evil for himself, darkness has dominated the world. Whole nations know little of God. And every person is blinded by clumsiness and ugly vices and evil in the world, so that God remains distant. The vision to see through the fog to all that is pure and true, and to kiss the face of God himself, is Jesus.
Jesus is glory. Every person on earth has yearned for glory. Some seek it through fame, some through battle, and some through career or church or family recognitions. But short of acceptance by God, each worldly honor fades and all reputations succumb to death. The supreme honor for God’s people, which swallows up all other short-lived glories and thrives beyond the grave, is Jesus.
What can I do in the face of such majesty? How can I possibly respond? I am left with nothing but to follow the example of Simeon. Along with this man in the Temple, I too declare that Jesus is enough. He is all I need in this life. He is all I want before I die. And like Simeon I take this Savior-baby, the Ancient One who is forever new, and hold him tightly in my arms.