Day One: Revelation – The Work of the Holy Spirit

Luke 2:25-32 (NIV) – “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

“There is one other facet of this passage that I should mention before we look at Simeon’s farewell. I feel I would do Luke an injustice if I did not gather up his references to the Holy Spirit and say something about them. He has referred to the Holy Spirit ten times so far (through 2:40). That in itself shows how important the Spirit is for Luke. But what he says about the Spirit is even more significant. Here in our text the Holy Spirit was upon Simeon in verse 25. In verse 26, the Spirit reveals that Simeon will not see death until he sees the Messiah. Then in verse 27, the Spirit moves Simeon to enter the temple at just the right moment to see Jesus. (Which incidentally is a beautiful illustration of how the Spirit works to fulfill what the Spirit promises.)” [Quote from John Piper’s Message – “Simeon’s Farewell to the World,” December 29, 1980]

We see the Holy Spirit beautifully at work, orchestrating for Simeon to be in the right place at the right time to finally get to see with his very own eyes the Lord Jesus, his salvation.  It was the work of the Holy Spirit revealing to Simeon and in the same way, it is the work of the Holy Spirit who reveals to us who Jesus is and so that we can know Him as our Savior and Lord.

Response & Prayer: Let’s begin afresh, recognizing our need for the Holy Spirit to help us and move us to be able to see Jesus in the center of our lives today. Let’s pray and ask for the Holy Spirit’s filling that we will “behold” Jesus as Lord, closing in this song of worship, “Come and See”, by Matt Redman:

– EK