December 7, 2015

Simeon and the Cure

I thought I'd share a few lines from a book by A.W. Tozer, that reminded me of what Christmas is really about:

"Mankind is still inventing new ways of self-treatment and medication for failures and weaknesses and wrong-doing, even in our own day, not recognizing that the cure has already come.

Simeon, the old man of God who had waited in hope around the temple, knew that the cure had come! When he saw the baby Jesus, he took Him up in his arms, looked down at Him and said,  

"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace...for mine eyes have seen Your salvation." (Luke 2:29-30)

                                       

We live in a world that is always coming up with a new remedy, a new plan, or a new way of doing things. A world that tells us to look within ourselves for peace, grace and salvation. When in reality this world really has nothing of worth to offer us, and we have nothing of true worth without Christ. Nothing that will matter in the end.

Oh, but what joy Simeon must have felt as he held Jesus in his arms! Jesus!  Knowing this was the Son of God who would take away the sins of the world! The One that would make things right. The One who is the cure.

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,


 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

'Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;


 For my eyes have seen Your salvation

Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,

A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.'


And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, 

'Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
                                                Luke 2:25-35


Jesus is the cure.

And all His gifts to us are free. FREE. His gift of peace, His gift of salvation, His gift of grace. There is not one thing we can do to deserve His gifts. No amount of work, no amount of thinking, no amount of willing. He only asks us to repent and humbly accept them in Him. To lay down self, and rest in Him, the cure.

Definition of a gift:
 
-something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone

-something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without its being earned


Gift of Peace:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

Gift of Salvation:

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

Gift of Grace:

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2:8


I thank God for His gifts, through His son Jesus Christ, who's birth we celebrate at Christmas. Praise Him!






* Note - I will be taking a blogging break until after Christmas, but will be back at the end of the month with my '10 Great Reads of 2015.'


                                                                Merry Christmas Everyone!



24 comments:

  1. Thank you for this message! Visiting you from Kelly Balarie's #RaRaLinkUp

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    1. Glad you stopped by Patricia! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time with family and friends.

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    1. Merry Chrsitmas to you and your family too Deb!

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  3. Amen! He truly is THE CURE for all people and all things. My current post is called "Simeon Waiting" and I use the same beautiful old painting. Tomorrow, Anna will be my post. I just love pondering these two as they KNOW...they KNOW this beautiful Child is the CURE! (I smile as I type those last words!)
    Caring through Christ,
    ~ linda @ Being Woven

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    1. I love this painting too. To know Him is a wonderful thing, isn't it. : )

      I will have to come by and read your posts Linda.

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  4. Beautiful post! My heart needed this reminder as I'm about to enter a couple of busy weeks.

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  5. Beautiful reminder about giving from the heart - and I'm so glad you included Simeon's story - it's one of my very favorites!Enjoy your time of refreshing!

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  6. What beautiful truth you've shared here. Happy to be here from Janis's link up.

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  7. Truly the hope and message of Christmas! Thank you, Cathy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks June! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. : )

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  8. Wonderful post! Thanks for pointing us back to the true meaning of Christmas. We frequently go on a Walk to Bethlehem at one or our local churches. The scene with Simeon is always the most moving for me!

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    1. That sounds like a nice walk. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This is lovely, Cathy, and causes me to pause and consider how patiently I wait on what I sense the Lord has promised. It also reminds me that we are all called to be waiting expectantly for His return and trusting God to fulfill His promises even as Simeon did. Visiting as a neighbor at Arabah Joy.

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    1. Beautifully said Pam. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. May we never forget this story as we celebrate this season. :)
    Happy holidays, my friend.

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  11. Thank you! That was a lovely reminder! Enjoy your time off and your Christmas. I'll look forward to seeing you again at Booknificent Thursday with your best of 2015 list!
    Tina

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