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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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December 14, 2011 - Simeon

By Edith Armstrong

There were only a few who knew to welcome the Christ child that first Christmas and the months to follow. Along with the shepherds and Wise Men, Joseph and Mary, and Zechariah and Elizabeth, Luke records the elderly Simeon waiting in the temple for the Messiah. When Joseph and Mary brought Baby Jesus to the temple, Simeon realized his wait was over.

Watch Simeon. His qualifications are plain. See him gather the Babe into his arms in the temple. Listen as this aged saint breaks forth in adoration — intense and full of rapture, speaking in prophecy of the Child’s life and death, of the reach of His work, even to the Gentiles.

Then look at the Gospel account. This member of the welcoming committee had waited for the consolation of Israel, “and the Holy Ghost was upon him. … It was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost. … He came by the Spirit into the temple” (Luke 2:25-27, KJV).

How long Simeon waited we do not know, but he remained in the Spirit continually. He was righteous, devout, reverent, one who hid the Word in his heart. As a bondslave, he bowed his personality to that of One greater. And he waited, expecting the Messiah momentarily. As he waited he received the revelation.

Israel was passing through a deep night. They groaned under Roman oppression. Perhaps many Jews cried, “We must do something. Let us no longer delay. A deliverer must be found!” In contrast, see this man quietly waiting under the control of the Spirit, suddenly aglow with expectation. His strength is renewed. His steps are buoyant. With the eye of faith he sees deliverance.

“He came by the Spirit into the temple” at the right moment. He might have doubted, delayed an hour, and missed all. But with the Spirit upon him, revealing God’s plan, he was there.

Seeing the Babe in the arms of the young mother in the temple, he knew this was not an ordinary child. This was the Savior. With outstretched arms, he recognized and received the Christ.

Stay close to that account of Simeon. Think deeply on this one who welcomed Christ that day.

Have you welcomed the Savior into your life?

— Adapted from “The Welcoming Committee,” by Edith Armstrong, originally published in the December 22, 1963, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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