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Question: Who was looking for Jesus when He was born?

I’ve said that the amazing thing about the birth of the Savior of the world is that it was so humble and quiet so that it was almost unknown. Do you know that if God hadn’t announced to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth that no one would have seen the Messiah was born that night? If you were going to see God’s special Son at His birth or soon after, it would take something special. You would have had to be around at that special point in history to be there. Many would see Jesus during His earthly ministry, but what if you were old when Jesus was born? How would you see and know Him then?
Were you there when a special event happened, or met a special person? If so, you know that you can then tell people of that event or person’s significance. Not only that, if you just missed seeing some great person or event, you might remark what you would give to have been there. Among the few people who can say they saw the baby Jesus is the man Simeon, as described in Luke 2. He is described as “just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.” (Luke 2:25) Not only was he one of the few who saw Jesus, he was one of the few that was looking for Jesus and willing to accept Jesus as He was. Simeon looked at the right time in the right place. Jesus is going to have only one appearance in his area in his time.
Simeon sought the Messiah. "The consolation of Israel" means the messianic hope. One of the traditional Jewish prayers is, "May I see the consolation of Israel!" That prayer was answered for Simeon when he saw Jesus Christ in the temple. He was a man who was led by the Spirit of God, taught by the Word of God, and obedient to the will of God, and therefore he was privileged to see the salvation of God.
Philippians 2:21 tells us: “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.” Are we resisting the trend to be self-centered, and are we seeking Christ? We need less of us and more of Him more than ever!
Simeon knew what to do if he did see the Messiah. This is the fifth and last of the "Christmas songs" in LukeIt is first of all a worship hymn as he blesses God for keeping His promise and sending the Messiah. He praises God that he is privileged to see the Christ. But his song is a salvation hymn: "For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation" (v. 30). Now he is ready to die!

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