What Simeon Saw

Just like Simeon, you will find peace and your heart will be overflowing with His love.

“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, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”  Luke 2:29-32

For the past 40 years as I have placed the Nativity set on my mantle, I rejoice that I personally have experienced the salvation that Simeon had heard about and then seen with his own eyes.  Simeon knew the promises of the Word and he recognized the Saviour. He was filled with joy and peace when he held that precious baby.

The promise of the Father to send His Son was a promise of love, hope, and purpose. Jesus was born to accomplish the work His Father had sent him to do. His first work was to be an obedient and loving son to Mary and Joseph. Then it was to learn the carpentry trade from Joseph. Then John the Baptist pointed Jesus out in a crowd and said,

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 ESV)

The Gospels reveal how Jesus lived his life, going about the Father’s business. Jesus’ work was to find and teach others to follow Him, and they in turn found others and taught them the things Jesus had taught them. Before going to the cross, Jesus said to his Father:

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (John 17:4 ESV)

What does this have to do with Christmas? When we see a Nativity scene and our hearts and minds go back in time, we must understand the purpose of the birth and the life lived. He came to be planted like a grain of wheat, to die so that it produces many seeds (John 12:24).

As we have experienced this great gift of salvation, Jesus calls us to follow Him and make disciples.  The Father’s work will be accomplished through grace, love and relationship. I encourage you to rejoice in salvation and let His light shine through you so others can receive this gift. Just like Simeon, you will find peace and your heart will be overflowing with His love.

Patricia Victor is University Siya:m, Indigenous Elderand Co-Director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives at TWU. She waborn and raised in Sto:lo territory (Hope, Rosedale). She married her husband who is from Sto:lo territory, and together they have lived briefly in Vancouver, Kelowna, and for the past 33 years, at Cheam First Nation, Sto:lo territory. Having raised their two children in this territory, and having their grandchildren being raised in Sto:lo territory as well, they are truly connected to the land and this is home.