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An Old Man left holding the Baby.

We had a Candlemas Party at Church tonight…

You might be asking “what is Candlemas”.

It is when we remember Jesus being presented at the temple and Simeon an elderly priest who God had promised wouldn’t die until he had seen God’s Messiah took hold of Jesus and said these words:
‘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.’
A prophetic word over Christ, proclaiming that in this baby was to come the worlds Salvations, salvation for every nation, not just the chosen Jewish people. 
 
There have been may past Messianic prophesies about the Christ coming as a light in darkness, Isaiah in particular in choc-a-bloc with them, and yet this is the first time that this is spoken over a real life human being.
 
Simeon didn’t live to see Jesus die upon the cross or see the resurrected Jesus, but he knew that God was faithful, he kept his promises.
 
In many ways he didn’t see much really, but he saw enough.
 
He  held God himself in human form in his hands and proclaimed that it was through Jesus every person on earth could be restored to Father.
There must have been hundreds of babies coming in and out of the temple, but through the prompting of God’s Spirit he (and Anna) saw something unique in the baby Jesus.
What of us? Do we the see extra-ordinary in the ordinary?
Do just see what the world and everyone else sees or do we see with spiritual eyes what God is doing and about to do?
Do we see and trust Gods faithfulness when all we have in our hands is a gurgling baby?
Do we see God’s potential in something that is a long way of being fully formed, developed and able to achieve all we long for?
So often in my spiritual walk God has shown me the next step and I have wanted to see the staircase. So fixed on the future we miss what God is doing in the present, and in the present always holds the key to the future anyway.
An old cliché says “I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future”.
Simeon literally held the Lord of time and history in his aged hands, seeing more than just another baby but God’s faithfulness and salvation, not knowing all the answers or even the questions, but knowing that ultimately our understanding makes no difference to God’s faithfulness.

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