A Reflection on God’s Prophetic Promise to Simeon

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Luke 2:25-35 (KJV) 

God made a prophetic promise that Simeon would live long to see Jesus Christ. God also placed the Holy Spirit upon Simeon, empowering him to witness the fulfillment of prophecy. The same Holy Spirit is in us and upon us to help us experience eternal life and SEE Jesus with our spiritual eyes here on earth. Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot be rightly positioned to live out the prophetic promises in God’s Word. As we grow in a relationship with the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves at the right place at the rightime doing the right things.

Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit that overshadowed Mary and led Simeon to see 8-day old Jesus in the temple.

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