This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Luke 2:21-24. Here was the conclusion:
Joseph and Mary named Him JESUS during His circumcision on the eighth day and went to Jerusalem to fulfill The Law according to dedicating the first born.
"25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him."
(The Holy Spirit was on a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. This verse said he was looking for "the consolation of Israel". He was looking for the Messiah.)
"26 And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ."
(The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would see the Messiah before he died. We can't say for sure whether his looking for the Messiah caused him to get this message from the Holy Spirit or whether having the Holy Spirit upon him caused him to want to look for the Messiah. The point was that while Mary and Joseph were in Jerusalem, there was a man who was told by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Messiah before he died.)
"27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law,"
(The Holy Spirit led Simeon when he encountered Jesus.)
"28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,"
(Simeon held the little child and blessed God with the following...)
"29 Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord, According to thy word, in peace;
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,"
(Simeon asked God to let him die in peace because he had seen the Messiah with his own eyes. This was Simeon's confession of faith.)
"31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples;
32 A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel."
(Simeon also recognized, by the Holy Spirit, that the Messiah would reach out to the Gentiles.)
While Mary and Joseph were in Jerusalem, there was a man who was told by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Messiah before he died. Simeon, by the Holy Spirit, stated Jesus was the Messiah and that He would reach out to the Gentiles.