Vs. 32, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” What a wonderful proclamation as Simeon was given God’s promise to see the Savior before he died! We see God’s hand of providence as He would use Cesar’s pride in a census as a means to fulfill prophecy that the Savior would be born in the town of David (Bethleham). In this chapter, Luke gives us the only event recorded about Jesus’ childhood…when Jesus stayed behind in the temple courts. It’s a very strange thought to think Jesus was a child and teenager before He would fulfill God’s will.
Regarding application…Sharing our Joy. Vs. 20, “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” The Shepherds witnessed an amazing event as the Angels came to proclaim the Savior! We know the Shepherds were the lowest rung of society and God would show us that the Gospel is for all…but I’m more amazed at their joy and fervor! We are told that word spread of the news (vs. 17)…which means the Shepherds couldn’t help but tell people of the Good News! We still have the same responsibility to share! The Youth Group is taking steps to share (Evangelize) and proclaim (Baptism) Jesus in their life. Don’t be discouraged when others don’t receive the joy we have. Our job is to share it with others and spread it like wildfire! May God be praised in our lives as we start the week. As much as I/we love church on Friday’s & Sunday’s…we have our job to take the light to the people who are in darkness. May that bring just as much joy!