Summary: Simeon lived his life looking for the appearing of the Savior... Are you doing the same?
Looking For The Savior To Appear
All over the Northeast, half a million Adventists -- disciples of New York evangelist William Miller -- awaited the end of the world on April 3, 1843. Journalists had a field day. Reportedly some disciples were on mountaintops, hoping for a head start to heaven. Others were in graveyards, planning to ascend in union with their departed loved ones. Some high society ladies clustered together outside town to avoid entering God's holy kingdom amid the common herd. When April 4 dawned as usual, the Millerites were disillusioned, but they took heart. Their leader had predicted a range of dates for the end …dates that have also come and gone. - Today in the Word, April 28, 1993.
It was promised that our Savior would come …HE DID! He promised after His death that He would rise…HE DID! He promised that He would return …HE WILL!! Are you living like the Savior could appear today?
Of all off Paul’s writings, some of the most beautiful words are found in - Titus 2:11 ¶For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
These verses say a lot about the way we should be living our lives. We know that the Savior will one day appear. With that knowledge we should live “righteously, soberly & godly! In our text today we will see where our Savior came the first time, and how one man had lived his life “Waiting For The Savior To Appear” Last week we were in Bethlehem and watched as “Our Savior Was Born”
Today we will see as He goes from Bethlehem to Jerusalem. Mary & Joseph take Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to the Lord. The Holy Spirit had promised an old man named Simeon that he would live to see the Messiah. Mary & Joseph entered the Temple and immediately Simeon knew Jesus was the Savior.
a) How did Simeon know it was the Savior? IT WAS REVEALED TO HIM!
b) How do we know that Jesus is Savior? IT WAS REVEALED TO US!
Simeon takes Jesus into his arms and thanks the Father for sending the Savior to the world. He then proclaims what the Savior will do! - v30 I have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared for all people.32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
Simeon has a great testimony! When you look at his life you can see how the child of God should live. Let’s look for a while at Simeon’s life and see some of the elements that are found in the life of one who is “Waiting For The Savior To Appear” Let’s begin with:
I. The Devotion Involved - v25a and, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, v25c …..and the Holy Ghost was upon him. - Noticed the words that are used to describe Simeon:
1) He is called “just” -- this means that he is honest and possesses moral character.
2) He is called “devout” - literally means "taking hold of what is good.
3) We are told that “the Holy Ghost was upon him”
Simeon was a devout man who loved the Lord with all His heart, soul, strength and mind. If we are going to be used of God, we must be devoted to Jesus Christ
We must be looking for Him
We must be longing for Him
We must be living for Him
We must be laboring for Him
Are you looking for the return of the Savior? If not you should be! - 1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Are you longing for the appearance of the Savior? If not, you should be! - Revelation 22:20 ¶He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. - Do you really believe that one day He will appear?
After church, where she had been taught about the Second Coming, a little girl was quizzing her mother.