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The Consolation of Israel
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Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
Dear Father, Thank You greatly for sending Jesus to the Jewish people more than 2000 years ago, as the Consolation of Israel. I honor Jesus that in every way He perfectly satisfies the definition of “consolation”: “a source of comfort to somebody who is distressed or disappointed.” I can only imagine the spiritual comfort and joy that flooded Simeon when he saw the baby Jesus and immediately knew that He was Your fulfillment for all the longings the people of Israel had had (and been disappointed about) for many centuries, beginning with the covenant You made with Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3: “The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’” I worship the matchless Consolation of Israel with Simeon and multitudes throughout the ages by gratefully singing the first verse of Phillips Brooks’ “O Little Town of Bethlehem”: “O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth, The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” I pray that the Church of today will put all our hopes and dreams in the Consolation of Israel. In His name I ask these things. Amen.