Simeon (Luke 2:22-40) was an old man, described as being ‘just and devout’ and in tune with God.

Simeon had been assured by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. When the baby Jesus was presented by Mary and Joseph to the priests in the temple, according to custom, Simeon knew that God had kept his promise. In Jesus, the Saviour of the world had come. True, he was still only a small infant, but he was the fulfilment of countless Old Testament prophecies. Now there was no doubt about it: God’s plan of salvation for the world was being worked out.

There was only one thing for Simeon to do: take the baby in his arms and say a prayer of deep thanksgiving and praise to God (in Latin the prayer is called Nunc dimittis). God had kept his word.

The New Year lies before you, but Jesus is there for you. He is your Saviour, as he is the Saviour of the whole world. Like Simeon you can take Jesus in your arms, love him, and put your trust in him. His life, death and resurrection are the clear proof that God keeps his promises and that in his hands you are safe, no matter what befalls you.

Rev. Gordon