Whether we rise or fall, in the ultimate sense, depends entirely on what we say about Jesus Christ. The text at hand reveals such a truth to the reader as the life and words of a man named Simeon are put on display. He was, like Zechariah and Elizabeth, a righteous and devout man who was looking for the salvation that God would bring to His people. Having been led by the Holy Spirit to the temple, he received the promise of beholding the newborn Messiah before His death. This account reminds us of the importance of the following admonitions that we, 1.) Know that Jesus is God’s provision for salvation. 2.) Trust in Jesus for salvation. 3.) Value Jesus more than anything. 4.) Fear the consequences of rejecting Jesus. Then finally, through a look at the actions of the prophetess Anna in this same passage, we observe the charge to, 5.) Proclaim God’s salvation to others. This is a message for those who need rescuing, or, put another way, this is a message for everyone.
Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff