Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was
Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the
consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not
see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.
This is a neat episode and sets off several important themes that will
occur throughout the Gospel of Luke. Simeon’s story of course bears
testimony that Jesus is the Messiah. As I read this and see Simeon’s
choice of words, “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,” I wonder if
Mary and Joseph had yet told him the child’s name and I partly suspect
they had. His name means something along the lines of help,
deliverance, rescue or simply salvation, or more specifically, the
The second theme that comes out is that, because of Jesus, the Gospel
will go to the Gentiles, “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the
glory of thy people Israel”. Now, he will minister to some Gentile
persons during his mortal ministry, but it is through his atoning
sacrifice for all that he truly brings the blessings of the Gospel to
Now, in giving his prophecy, Simeon appeals to themes from an earlier
prophecy of Isaiah. Isaiah 49:6 states, “And he said, It is a light
thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of
Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee
for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the
end of the earth.”