By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Luke 2:25-35"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. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 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, Then took he Him up in his arms, and blessed God and said, 'Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word: For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.' And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, 'Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.'"Luke 2:25-35------Ladder Rung: L225EL and E are the first and last letters of Luke.Selection of words to aid in memory:Longing Expectation.With longing expectation, Simeon waited;In an inconceivable, unbelievable way, God fulfilled His promise.2:25 is our reference.At 2:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage x2.At 5:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage yet again and it will carry us into the evening hours.-----Simeon had a heart that beat with eternity.Simeon had a mind that was in tune with the divinity.Simeon had ears that rang with expectancy.Simeon waited in hope; then moved with urgency.Simeon held the Christ and experienced eternity.Simeon's expectancy was met to the full in the holding of salvation.The joyful fulfillment of the Godhead wrapped in swaddling clothes appears in the flesh and fills the arms of an aged and waiting man.What must Simeon have felt, my soul wonders?The infant face of purity and supremacy that will one day rule the nations peered into the eyes of Simeon.Little holy eyes.The snuggled warmth of eternity nestling into aged and fleshly arms and resting against Simeon's beating chest.Little holy One.The little Christ and the aged man Simeon.The holy One with the fleshly one.The sinless One with the sinful one.The Promised One for the waiting one.It's really too inconceivable for words.We back away quietly, respecting the personalness of an aged man's intimate encounter with the Almighty, and our own longing intensifies for Christ's return.-----Do we understand God's desire to display the divinity in expressive and personal ways to our humanity?Do we understand that in "waiting expectantly" we shall be met with "fulfilled exceeding certainty?"Do we understand that waiting produces anticipation;That anticipation aids in sanctification;That sanctification leads to alteration ...Of soul, mind, and body?We are being made ready for the day of eternity, dear one;For the moment when the mortal shall be swallowed up by the immortal,For the moment when everything on earth will fade away and Christ will lead us into that far-away place that seems almost out of reach most days ... called eternity.-----Simeon's experience speaks to me of depth and intimacy and the Father's desire to give good and beautiful long-term gifts to His children.To hold His word is to hold a swaddling active piece of divinity in my arms;I breathe Him in and He breathes back on me.Living and breathing through me and ...My heart beats with eternity.My mind is in tune with the divinity.My ears ring with expectancy.I wait in hope and am moved with an urgency.And in holding God's word ... Experience eternity.We wait for the joyful eruption of promise fulfilled in Christ's return.He shall keep His word.Hold out for Him.-----Blessed Father and Holy One,Thou has assured us through the providence and promise of Thy word that Thy return shall surely come.As surely as Simeon was granted a "hold" of Thy precious Son,So shall all behold the return of Thy Son on that day appointed by Thee.Thou wilt not appear as a babe but as a thunderous, majestic, and mighty Christ prevailing over all and above all on this earth.Thou shalt rule with an irod rod ... and take Thine own up into Thy glory and Thy presence shall eternally secure all souls in waiting.For the enraptured soul that secures itself to Thy sure and certain word; that soul shall not be disappointed.Let special and tangible appointment of graces be extended on the soul searching intently after Thee and waiting expectantly for Thee.Let intimacy of soul be more fully experienced and let wrongful ties on earth be suddenly broken.Thou hast promised an eternity where we shall dwell with Thee;Until that time appears, Help us to wait with an expectancy.Amen.
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