“Now that I’ve held Him in my arms”, 06DEC
Saint Nicholas Day
Today, Dec 6th, it is a Czech tradition in my family to get a gift from Saint Nicholas on his feast day.
Coincidentally, I went to see Santa today, at the tree lighting with my friend, and I saw the sweetest newborn baby handed to Santa by his loving parents… In my mind I saw scripture! The Luke 2:25 scripture verses of Simeon who took infant Jesus in His arms and knew God had fulfilled a promise that Simeon would see the Messiah.
I was able to capture this precious moment in a photo…
Prophets knew Jesus was the answer they were waiting for, like Simeon and Anna knew in the temple. The folks who truly believed in the Hope of the Messiah were led by faith not by sight. We too are let by faith to Jesus as the Prince of Peace. How precious to not only hold a baby in our arms but to know this Savior holds us in His Hands and His Heart, forever.
At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
“Michael Card – “Now that I’ve held Him in my arms” on YouTube