A Christmas Day Devotional

The Bible says: “At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come…. the Holy Spirit …..had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace…I have seen your salvation’” (Luke 2:325-34). The story of Simeon teaches us three important truths: (1) No matter how long it takes, if you seek the Lord you find Him. Or better still, He will find you and reveal himself to you. (2) God, not you, chooses the time and the manner in which He will come to you. Simeon didn’t live to see Christ’s amazing three and a half years of ministry, he only saw a new born baby in Mary’s arms. But he saw God, and that was enough for him. (3) even though he was very devout Simeon realized that he was ready to die only when he met the Lord and embraced Him. Some of us don’t want to die until we’ve seen the world; Simeon didn’t want to die until he had seen the redeemer of the world. So the question you must answer is – have you met the Lord? Is He your personal Saviour? Only when you have the right answer, are you ready to die.

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