Summary: Here’s an after Christmas sermon that deals with salvation and life long service to the Lord.
Waiting To See Jesus
22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD"),
24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
25And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
28he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel."
33And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken
34Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this
Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign
which will be spoken against
35(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of
many hearts may be revealed."
A couple of weeks ago,
Pat and I went to the K through 5 Christmas Program in Albion.
As I sat waiting for the program to begin,
I watched the people walking in.
I didn’t know most of the people coming in.
However, there was something I noticed
about the people I did know.
I nudged Pat and said to her,
"The people I know are sure getting old! Why is that?"
There is something happening to every one of us
as we sit here in church today.
Unnoticeably, but persistently, you are getting older.
Life expectancy increased significantly in the past 100 years.
A person born in the United States has a life expectancy of 78.
We are expected to live more than 35 years longer
than a person born in 1900.
Today more than 36 million Americans are 65 or older.
That’s about 13% of the population.
By the year 2050, the numbers will be 86.7 million.
One in every five Americans will be over age 65.
A person who lives 100 years or more was once very rare.
But today about 60,000 Americans are 100 years or older.
By the year 2060,
there may be as many as 2.5 million centenarians in the U.S.
This increase in life expectancy
is the result of better public health measures,
improvements in living conditions,
and advances in medical care.
Today I have a true story to tell you about two elderly Christians. Walter Keim was born May 10, 1914. He spent his entire life in the northern Indiana area. During his lifetime Walter worked as a truck driver, a laborer at a grain elevator, and a school bus driver. In 1951, Walter was called into the ministry.
There are some people in the world who feel they might be too old
to be of much use to God.
Simeon is proof that God uses anyone
who is submitted to the Holy Spirit.
What can we learn from Simeon’s life?
#1.SENSE GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
Luke 2:26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
God had a purpose for Simeon’s life.
Many Bible scholars believe Simeon was a priest.
That would explain why he was at the temple.
Israel had been waiting for the Messiah for hundreds of years.
God had told Simeon that he would not die until the Messiah came.
That word "Christ" in Verse 26 comes from a Greek word...
that could also be translated "Messiah".
The purpose for Simeon’s life was to serve God.
He had done that very well for many years.
Simeon must have endured many disappointments in life.
There must have been times when he was tempted to quit.
However, Simeon remained faithful to God.
Apparently God’s purpose for his life has been fulfilled.
Seeing the Baby Jesus would be a sign to Simeon
That his work was finished.
Listen to Acts 13:36
"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;