The Simplicity of Simeon
This morning, I read the story of Jesus being presented in the temple (Luke 2:21-40). As I reflected on this familiar passage, I was struck by the simplicity of Simeon. After seeing and holding the baby, Simeon says, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.” He seems to be saying, “There’s nothing in all of life that could be more fulfilling than to see Jesus.”
As we’re rushing around preparing for Christmas – or gearing up for a new year full of ministry goals – we’d all do well to remember Simeon. We acts as if true joy and fulfillment is wrapped up in things and accomplishments. Simeon wants us to know that all of this fades away when we focus on and encounter the Messiah.