Forty days after The Lord Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph presented Him in the temple. This event was prophesied in the book of Malachi chapter 3 and verse 1:
"'See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,' says the LORD Almighty."
In Luke chapter 2 we read of two elderly characters named Simeon and Anna. Both had great faith; holy and devout in their lives before God. Simeon lived in Jerusalem and was waiting for "the consolation of Israel" (that is, the Messiah). The Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that He should go to the temple and so, in faith, he travelled there. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus into the temple, Simeon instantly recognised that their child was the Son of God. We read Simeon's words in Luke 2 v 29-32:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
Not only was Simeon offering praise and glory to God for His sending of the Messiah, he was also recognising that this child was the Saviour; the source of life, light and glory. Can you imagine the delight that Simeon would have experienced in holding the Son of God in His arms after waiting for that moment for so long?
We'll return back to those thoughts shortly, but the other character we read about in this chapter of Luke's gospel is Anna. She was an elderly widow prophetess who had devoted her years to worship and service before God. She too praised God and gave thanks that the long looked for Messiah was here.
Simeon had faith that The Lord Jesus would come. He waited for many years for this prophesy to become reality and in doing so, demonstrated great faith. The Bible tells us that Christ will return again for those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" - John 14 v 3
Like Simeon, we wait in faith for Christ. We don't know when He will return, but Christ will never break His promises.
Back to the thought about The Lord Jesus being the source of light, life and glory. Our world can be a dark place; you just need to turn on the news to read of events which just seem to get worse and worse as time goes on. But Christ is the light of the world. He is the answer to the darkness which is around us.
His only purpose in coming to this Earth was to give up His life so that we can have a way to be free from our sins and be assured of an eternity spent in Heaven with Him. If you're experiencing darkness in your life right now; feeling the burden of sin or finding life difficult with no assurance of what the future holds... Then turn to the light. Turn to Jesus.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11 v 28