Beyond the Weekend

December 17 | Promised One

December 17, 2018


“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations.”  Luke 2:30-31

Read: Luke 2:22-35

Listen: Luke 2


Like the rest of Israel, Simeon felt the burden of sixty years under the heavy hand of Roman occupation. His people have lost hope. The prophecy of a Messiah has faded to a whisper, but the Holy Spirit of God has revealed to Simeon he will not die before seeing the Messiah. The promise is starting to get old when something wonderful happens. On a day like any other, a baby boy is placed in Simeon’s arms, and his heart jumps. This baby is the awaited one for hope. He is the promised One, and Simeon breaks into a song of praise.

Mary and Joseph bring the nearly two-month-old Jesus to the temple to offer a sacrifice according to the law for first-born sons (Leviticus 12:6). In awe and wonder, they listen to Simeon praise God for their baby, “…a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:32). Simeon’s song expresses God’s deep desire to be known by all people—and Jesus will be the way for all people to know him.


We’re into week three of using our Focus For This Season journal and journal card. Complete the two sentences on the front of the card. Then list three items for which you are grateful from the back. Download this lock screen as a daily reminder to let your heart be filled with the Holy Spirit and grateful for God’s blessings.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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