SATURDAY, JANUARY 13
“Then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.”
BEFORE THE PROPHETS
The roles of the prophets were to forthtell and foretell. In spite of the darkness and total depravity of the people, there remained remnants who found grace in the sight of God. Simeon was known as a just and devout man. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel. No true worshipper of God is without the hope of salvation. He must depend on God’s promises, and particularly on salvation grace through Jesus Christ. As the famous statement of Augustine expressed, “The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.” The Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. He saw the fulfilment of the prophecies of the Old Testament in that baby before his very eyes as the promised Messiah. He denoted expressly the bodily appearance of Christ. Likewise, Anna also understood that the baby was the Redeemer not only of Israel but of the whole world.
Their prophecies were fulfilled. Simeon prophesied that the baby Jesus is the “light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of (the) people Israel” (Luke 2:32). The Lord Jesus Christ came to save the world and not only the Jews. “…Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). Men love darkness rather than light and men are by nature destitute of light. Christ, who is the Light of the world came that they might have light and life eternal.
The testimonies of Simeon and Anna proved the divine origin of the child Jesus. Today, there are many who still reject the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, even by those who call themselves Christians. Unbelieving hearts are darkened and eyes are blind. Is your heart enlightened and are your eyes able to see the truth of the Scriptures? Do not harden your heart, and be not blinded; believe in the prophecies of God. Be like these prophets, go forthtell and foretell the Word of the Lord!
THOUGHT: Do I believe the prophecies fulfilled in Christ?
PRAYER: Father, grant me the faith to believe in the fulfilment of all the prophesies in the Scripture.