HE WAS THERE

12 July 2013

HE WAS THERE

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 2:21-35

*Jesus Is Presented in the Temple*

*21 *Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named
Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.

*22 *Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by
the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him
to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. *23 *The law of the Lord
says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to
the Lord.”*[**a*

*]* *24 *So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the
Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”*[**b*

*]*

*The Prophecy of Simeon*

*25 *At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was
righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come
and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him *26 *and had revealed
to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
*27 *That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and
Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required,
*28 *Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God,
saying,

*29 *

“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,

as you have promised.

*30 *

I have seen your salvation,

*31 *

which you have prepared for all people.

*32 *

He is a light to reveal God to the nations,

and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

*33 *Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.
*34 *Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s
mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but
he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God,
but many will oppose him.*35 *As a result, the deepest thoughts of
many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very
soul.”

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“So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord
as the law required, Simeon was there.”

God had made a promise to Simeon that he would not die before meeting
the Messiah (verse 26) and so he must have lived with that promise
before him, anticipating the coming of the Messiah – knowing that
Jesus would come, and the Messiah would be revealed in his lifetime.
It is significant therefore, that when Jesus makes His first “public
appearance” – Simeon was there. He was not about to miss out!

Jesus has come. He has accomplished all that He needed to accomplish
on earth, but left with the promise of the Holy Spirit who continues
to minister today. Yet, Jesus is not absent. He is the head of His
body, which is the church, and is very active in the life of this body
today.

How often can it be said of us, of you, “he was there” or “she
was there”? How often do we miss out on what Jesus is doing in and
through His church because we have other priorities? We hear of
incredible times of worship that happened while we were playing golf;
of miracles that happened in small groups while we were watching a
movie; or the salvation of a friend at a mens camp while we were doing
something completely unproductive.

A CALL TO ACTION

Don’t miss out! Let it be said of you that when something
significant for the Kingdom happened, you were there. Obviously, it is
not /always/ practical, and sometimes things happen that we are not
part of. That’s okay. But when there is a pattern of missing out on
the things God is doing because we are off doing life elsewhere, that
is a problem. Think about your priorities as you head into the
weekend. Are there opportunities lying ahead to connect with God’s
people and be part of what He is doing in the Kingdom, that you will
miss out on because of something frivolous? Maybe it’s time to
reschedule?

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Lord thank You that You are still active in the church today. Thank
you that as the head of this family you continue to perform miracles
and change the lives of people. Help me to prioritize the things of
the Kingdom. Amen.

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