Luke 2 25-32 NIVUK
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. 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.’
Today is the last day of Christmas. The decorations come down and we move into the new year. But the story doesn’t end there. Next in the Gospels is the dedication of Jesus at the Temple, with Simeon declaring these wonderful words upon encountering Jesus. Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to him and he saw God’s salvation for himself. I wonder if we can also keep the Christmas spirit alive by taking Jesus to others too so that they can also discover God’s salvation for themselves.
Thank you Father for Jesus, your plan for all people! Help us to play our part in making him known, in Alpha and in our daily conversations and relationships.