After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word.
How long must I wait?
Waiting is not something I enjoy. In fact, having to wait mostly makes me cranky and irritable. Lines at the BMV, people with too many items in their cart at the grocery, traffic, it is easy to think of the annoyances of having to wait. Waiting is so hard, I find it much easier to complain. In fact, complaining about having to wait is a favorite hobby – not that it does anything to shorten the wait or make it enjoyable. Usually, it just makes me more irritable and difficult to be around.
This is not the case with Simeon, he appears to have waited his whole life – without my grumbling and complaining – just for the sight of the Savior. A savior who has yet to do anything – given that he is an 8-day-old baby. All Simeon needs is to see the child and he is at peace knowing his hopes are fulfilled….BEFORE Jesus has done anything, before he is old enough to do anything – Simeon already knows the wait has been, and will be, worth it.
This season, how will you wait like Simeon?