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Summary: This is the story of Simeon. His wish was that before he died he would see and behold the promised Messiah, the Son of God, who came to save the world from their sins.

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Simeon’s Bucket List - The First and Best Gift of Christmas

Characters of Christmas Series – Message One - 2009

Gages Lake Bible Church

Sunday AM, December 6th, 2009

Pastor Daniel Darling

Series Note:

Today we suspend our series “Why We Believe What We Believe” until January as we renew our focus on the Christmas Season. The next few weeks we’ll focus on the Christmas season with a series of messages in my continuing series (from last year) of the Characters of Christmas.

Last year we focused on Mary, Joseph, and the Wise Men. This year we’ll have three messages on these characters:

1) Simeon and Anna

2) The Shepherds

3) Herod

Today, we share a message on Simeon and Anna, two central characters in the story of Christmas.

Intro: (I encourage you to open your Bible’s to Luke 2:22-38)

A couple of years ago, a movie was released with the title “The Bucket List” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. I didn’t see the movie myself, but I am familiar with the premise.

Jack Nicholson is a rich corporate executive and Morgan Freeman is a mechanic. They meet in the hospital and I believe both are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Nicholson’s character is grumpy and angry about his condition. Freeman’s character is hopeful and positive.

They decide to leave the hospital and embark on a journey to fulfill their “Bucket List.” The Bucket list is the things they want to do before “kicking the bucket.”

Since the movie, people have compiled their various bucket lists—things they want to do before they die. And I suppose we all have a bucket list.

Some would like to climb Mt. Everest

Some would like to find true love and get married.

Some would like to go skydiving.

Some would like to meet a famous person.

Simeon and Anna Had a Bucket List

I don’t know what the Hebrew term for bucket is, but I do know that the two central characters in our Christmas story today had a bucket list. They had one central wish before they died.

Their wish was to see and behold the promised Messiah, the Son of God, come to save the world from their sins.

These two otherwise common, ordinary folks leap onto the pages of the Christmas story in dramatic fashion.

We read their story in Luke’s Gospel, Chapter Two and beginning in Verse 22. I’d like to read the whole narrative. Allow me to read this and I hope you follow along:

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

And when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord;

(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.


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