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Summary: Here’s a sermon to use the first Sunday after Christmas! It uses a strange tale to concide with the story of Simeon.

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The Old Man of Christmas

Luke 2:21-35

[21] 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.

[22] 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;

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

[24] 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.

[25] 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.

[26] And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

[27] And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

[28] Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

[29] Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

[30] For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

[31] Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

[32] A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

[33] And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

[34] And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

[35] (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Everything about our Savior’s virgin birth is unusual and significant .

Most of our attention centers on Mary and Joseph,

Herod and the wise men,

or the shepherds and the angels.

The whole Christmas story is incomplete, however, without Simeon.

What kind of man was Simeon?

That’s what we are going to be looking at today.

But first, let me tell you the story of Simon Gould.

Simon was an 88 year old man.

He had been a Christian for more than 60 years.

He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church.

Simon had been to Sunday night services.

The sermon had been about listening to God and obeying His voice.

As Simon was riding home in his buggy that night…

He kept wondering to himself, "Does God still speak to people?"

It was about ten o’clock when the old man started driving home.

Sitting in his buggy as the horse trudged through the deep snow…

Simon began to pray, "God.. If you will speak. I will do my best to obey."

Simon Gould was very much like Simeon in the Bible’s Christmas story.

Point #1

Simeon was a Spirit-led man.

Notice the relationship Simeon had with the Holy Spirit.

Look at Verse 25: "...the Holy Ghost was UPON HIM,

The Holy Spirit indwells “born again” Christians today.

Romans 8:9 says:

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The Holy Spirit’s desire is to lead us and guide us into all truth.

Romans 8:14 says:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

NOW…what effect did the Holy Spirit have upon Simeon?.

Look at Verse 26: "...revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit"

The Bible is now our source of revelation.

The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 says:

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write the Word of God.

And what good does the Word of God provide?

a. Doctrine: He teaches us what is right.

b. Reproof: He teaches us what is wrong.

c. Correction: He teaches us how to get right.

d. Instruction: He teaches us how to stay right.

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 says:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. [10] But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [11] For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

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