Forever, yes, forever, saints in time
Will from the Highest receive the kingdom’s fullness;
All others fail and fall, man’s powers decline,
But in the world God’s grace will grow, and goodness.
Eternal life and immortality
Are theirs, a promise sure and true they hold:
All evil banished, no more troubling sea,
No suffering soul, no sheep outside the fold.
While waiting for their Savior’s call, in patience,
They work and feel the devil’s fullest ire;
They offer to God a spiritual, pleasing fragrance,
By faith and highest hope, in deepest fear.
When someone keeps a promise made to us, we feel tremendously satisfied. The Spirit made a promise to the good and righteous Simeon that he would see the Messiah. The day of promise arrives:
… when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, Simeon took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, “Now, according to your word, Sovereign Lord, permit your servant to depart in peace.”
Luke 2:26b-29 NET
By all indications Simeon was aged, though the text doesn’t actually state the fact. And Simeon didn’t actually see the redemption of Israel. But he saw the child who, later as an adult, would bring salvation. It would not happen for another 30 years, almost a generation away. Continue reading