Summary: There is no possible means anywhere on the earth to save ourselves. Since God loves us He has provided a salvation for us that is not of this world. Simeon spoke of this when he praised God saying "My eyes have seen YOUR salvation.
MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOUR SALVATION
Pastor Dan Little
The Landmark Church
I. GOD’S SALVATION
Frist look at verse 11 where the angel says to the shepherds,
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
This angel is saying that Jesus was born UNTO them, In other words, He was not conceived by the action of men and then groomed for the Messiah job.
He was God clothed in the flesh of humanity, planted in the virgin’s womb, who by His life, death and resurrection reconciles us to God. All of this was God’s plan, and it came to us complete in Jesus.
Second, look to verse 30 where Simeon praises God saying; “for my eyes have seen YOUR salvation”
Simeon is a humble and faithful old man. Our reading tells us that he has been holding fast to a promise given to him by the Spirit of God, i.e., that he would live to see Israel’s true Messiah.
Think of all the kinds of salvation claims Simeon had seen come and go in his life time. He has seen salvation attempted by keeping religious laws, by the idolatrous worship of power and wealth, and certainly in his life time he saw salvation claims reaching over into the bizarre.
But Simeon takes one look at Jesus and breaks into joyful praise to God saying; Now I can die in peace because, “my eyes have seen YOUR salvation.”
Years later Jesus stated His identity with a shocking Gospel-truth claim that was in perfect keeping with what the angel announced to the shepherds and what Simeon saw;
John 14:6 … "I am THE way , and THE truth, and THE life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ESV
This was not spoken in arrogance. Jesus was simply saying what He knew. He had NOT come to SHOW us what salvation looked like. He actually WAS (and is) our salvation. He is God’s plan A and there is no plan B.
And yet in our natural selves we prefer to try almost any form of self-salvation over God’s plan A. Why is that? Let’s talk about self-salvation for a few minutes.
II. ATTEMPTS AT SELF-SALVATION
Jesus told a story (a parable) about a young man who tried a form of self-salvation using the well worn path of self-discovery. That’s the one that says, I must be completely free from restraint, free from God in order to find my own identity. It’s a very short story found in Luke 15. Let me take 95 seconds and read the first part of it to you.
Luke 15:11 And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ’Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.