Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation

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.

Luke 2: 25-32

Luke chapter two is traditionally regarded as a “Christmas chapter”.  I love Christmas, and as Christians, we should be celebrating Christmas all year long.  How can we not read the words of Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” without rejoicing?  Luke chapter two may be a Christmas themed chapter, but is also a “my Saviour” chapter.

Simeon was a man who was told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen “the Lord’s Christ”.  In verse 28, he sees and holds in his hands the baby Jesus, the Saviour of the world.  Think of the wonderful privilege that must have been.  Think of an old man who has waited his entire life to see Jesus.  Think of this old man now holding the very Son of God in his arms.  His entire life had culminated in this personal meeting with the Lord’s Christ, after which he said the words that I would like to meditate on today:

“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation”. (Luke 2:30)

Can we rejoice with Simeon and say that our eyes have seen His salvation?  We have not literally handled Jesus as he did, but He should be just as real to us today as He was to Simeon two thousand years ago.  Our joy and rejoicing should be every bit as real as his was if we truly have seen His salvation. What a great thought on which to meditate- our eyes have seen His salvation!

 

8 responses to this post.

  1. Great post, Ben!

    The old saying goes “Familiarity breeds contempt” and such can even be the case in our relationship with Christ. The passion that we felt at first begins to wane as the days and years go by, and we tend to take Him for granted. We don’t rejoice in our Salvation as we should because we get used to it. What once was glorious becomes mundane.

    Thanks for reminding us that what we have in Christ is precious and we should remain just as excited and filled with joy as we were when we first met Him. We should always rejoice as Simeon did.

    “Inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.” (1 Peter 1:11-12 ESV)

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    • It is true that often familiarity does breed contempt. It is unfortunate that it also applies to spiritual things. All the more reason to continue to rejoice in Him!

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  2. “Our eyes have seen His salvation!”…that is a great thought to meditate on.

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    • I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. That and “behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world” and the fact that He doesn’t just “cover up” our sins, He takes them away!

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  3. Ben, that is really something; the part about Jesus taking away the sins of the world. I remember once learning about the “scape goat”(Leviticus 16:7-10). Many years ago I was in a Bible study on the gospel of John and that Leviticus passage came up, and it was explained that Jesus also was crucified “outside of the camp and our sins were “laid upon Him and they were carried away”. I was so moved during that study that I wrote a song about it which included a musical “bridge” that used that very illustration.

    Well, here is the ironic part. There is also the illustration in Exodus where they put the blood over the door post so they would be “passed over”, and it also foreshadowed how our sins are under the blood so they will not be seen as God views us. Plus there are so many hymns that describe our sins being under the blood. Because of this, I tend to think of my sins being somehow on me but covered by the blood kind of like putting a clean coat over a dirty outfit. I forget that my sins are actually taken away. I tend to slip into literal thinking sometimes with all of the imagery that is found in the Bible.

    Thank you for that reminder.

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  4. Thank you for the comment. I have actually been working on a post about the scapegoat in Leviticus. I have always found that to be a great picture and that is really great that you wrote a song about it. Are the words on your blog anywhere?

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  5. Yes. I wrote this song around 20 years ago, so the tune might be a little corny. My daughter made the recording using either her laptop or cell phone, and there is no music, so the quality is poor.

    http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/?s=breathe+you+breath

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    • What a great song and a great truth! I enjoyed the “an empty vessel waiting on you. Fill me with your goodness.” That is really all I want out of life- to be emptied of myself and be about Him. And “when You rose, the victory was won”! Very true. Thank you for that link!

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