“I have seen your salvation you have prepared for you all people.”
Eight days after Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary take Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and the necessary offerings to be made.
A godly man named Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Messiah. The Holy Spirit leads him to the Temple where he encounters Mary and Joseph. He takes the baby in his arms and prophesies over Him. “This baby will cause many in Israel to fall but He will be a joy to many.”
Then Anna, an elderly widowed prophet, comes along while Simeon is speaking and she praises God.
The family returns to Nazareth where Jesus grows up healthy and strong.
What a wonderful message is in the Christmas story. God has prepared salvation for all people.
Everyone may be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. You don’t have to be Jewish or born to a certain class of people. You don’t have to follow difficult rules and procedures. No sacrifice is needed because God has already provided the sacrifice.
This salvation is for all people.
This salvation is God’s gift for us- that is why we exchange gifts at Christmas. Jesus and His forgiveness come with no payment required, no hidden fees or penalties. It is God’s gift- simple and free.
If you know Jesus already, rejoice in His great gift.
If you don’t know Jesus then today is the day. Ask Him to forgive your sins and to come into your life. Decide in your heart to follow Jesus and to live the life He created for you to live.
Lord Jesus, your salvation brings so much joy to my heart. Thank you for coming into the world. Amen.