This morning the matter that are called my 'little grey cells' started processing and I decided to talk about Simeon and Anna. Over Christmas I realised that everyone has visitors and/or visits. Jesus was a visitor at 8 days old; He went to the temple with His parents as was the custom of the time. Two things struck me this morning:
- Simeon and Anna recognised that Jesus was the Saviour when He was an 8 day old baby. What faith they had. Simeon says, ' “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,"' After seeing Jesus He was ready to leave this earth and meet His creator.
- At the beginning of Jesus' earthly life the gentiles are mentioned. '"...a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and for glory to your people Israel.”' Wow, that is me. The Gentiles were not just an afterthought in the plan of Salvation, we were involved. The great thing about this plan is that ALL nations, colours and creeds can be part of it. I love that God invented multi-culturalism. Praise God.
Perhaps, these thoughts are not revolutionary but they came home to me this morning in a real way and I thank God for the opportunity of having them brought to my attention again. Sometimes, we miss so much in the familiar parts of scripture.