TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Luke 2:21-35
BOTTOM LINE: Complete Rest In Jesus!
QUESTION: If Jesus Were Born Today, would it be any different than it was 2000 years ago?
It’s always interesting to me when we stop and think about a specific story [or event] and how different people can be present and how their own personal lens can see it in such a different way.
Let me start w/ this question … If Jesus were born today, would it be any different than it was 2,000 years ago?
I think we’d like to answer YES, we’d be ready. Maybe we wouldn’t make the mistake of turning away the Son of God right? We’d like to think that we’d find room for Jesus in our home [or we’d make room] even if that meant we had to kick someone else out.
BUT IS THAT THE TRUTH? Are we somehow more prepared for the coming of Jesus than they were in Bethlehem?
Jesus came quietly [as quietly as a baby can arrive] without a fuss or ruckus, and w/o making a stir or announcing His presence.
He came in the same way all babies come … and yet most of the world paid NO ATTENTION!
Among the people, was a group literally known as The Quiet in the Land, and they were a group of loosely organized people who steered away from all the Political Intrigue and Violent Action of the day. They refused to get involved in movements to overthrow Roman Rule and all that.
Instead, through Godliness and Prayer, they hoped to be ready when the Messiah finally made His arrival on the scene.
40 days have passed since the birth of Jesus, and here comes Mary & Joseph to the Temple precincts … ready to Redeem their 1st born son.
There’s nothing outwardly distinguishing about them. No marks or signs indicating they were anything other than another poor young couple coming w/ their newborn son.
At this point, Simeon enters the story, and aside from what we see here in Luke 2 we don’t know ANYTHING about him.
Luke 2:25-26 … “25 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.”
These verses tell us several KEY FACTS about Simeon …
- He was a Righteous Man!
- He was a Devout Man!
- He was Waiting for the Messiah to come … that’s what waiting for the consolation of Israel
- He was a Spirit Filled Man.
- He was … most importantly … Eagerly Awaiting the imminent appearance of the Messiah.
Simeon gives us 3 really important things here about Who Jesus Is …
- He is the Glory of Israel
- He is the Savior of the World
- He is the Divider of the Human Race
WHAT is Jesus to Us? Not WHO … but WHAT … Is He life … or is He death?
Simeon reminds us that this young baby, who is the Glory of Israel … who is the Light of the World … but He’s also the Great Divider of the Human Race. Ultimately, no one stays in the middle.
Our response to Jesus reveals our heart. When Simeon took baby Jesus in his arms, he said, Lord, I am ready to go home now. No one is ready to die until they have seen Jesus w/ their own eyes of Faith.
We’re not ready until we’ve experienced Jesus, and exchanged our life w/ His Life, Death and Resurrection.