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, Luke 2:25-28
Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple to be consecrated to God. This was to be done for every male on the eight day, while they were there , a man name Simeon was there praying in the temple. It says that Simeon was filled with the Holy Spirit , and God told him he would not die until he saw the Messiah
Now when Simeon saw Jesus , he knew he is the Messiah. It says “He came by The Spirit in the temple” meaning the Holy Spirit led Simeon to the temple to see the Christ. Simeon even got to hold Jesus in his arms, as the fulfillment of his prophecy was complete!
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. Luke 2:29-33
Simeon thanked God for keeping his promise and allowing him to see the Messiah before he died. Simeon also revealed the New Covenant, as Jesus is the Light for the Gentiles and Israel. The Messiah not only came to save Israel, but came to save the entire world, the New Covenant
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 2:34-35
Simeon then warned Mary, that many people in Israel are going to reject the Messiah Jesus, as Jesus is the sign (Isaiah 7) that was prophesied about. As we know Jesus is the Living Word of God, and the Word pierces the soul (Hebrews 4) and will cause many to come to repentance and receive Christ
The Christ has come, the Holy One foretold by the prophets and The Law has not been fulfilled , the Light of the world has come into the world to bring salvation Amen!