Simeon’s words in the presence of Mary and Joseph were profound. Simeon blessed God because he had lived to see the promise of God fulfilled in the person of this baby, this Messiah. From this child would come salvation and deliverance for Israel, not from political oppression, but from the stronghold of sin. The Gentiles would also be blessed and be lifted from their darkness by this shining light of God’s Son.
What ails our world and each of us is not our social, political or economic circumstances; our problem is sin. When we sin, when we act in direct contradiction to God’s appointed order, there are consequences. Sin leads to corruption and, ultimately, death, both spiritual and physical.
Tomorrow we will discuss the final two lessons we can learn from Simeon.