Luk 2:25 And notice, there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this righteous and devout man was looking forward to the encouragement of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Luk 2:26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he was not going to see death before he would see the Lord’s Christ.
Luk 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus so that they could do for him according to what was traditional under the law,
Luk 2:28 he cradled him in his arms and praised God and said,
Luk 2:29 “Now dismiss your slave in peace, Lord, according to your word.
Luk 2:30 Because my eyes have seen your salvation
Luk 2:31 that you have prepared in the presence of all the peoples,
Luk 2:32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory to your people Israel.”
revelation and glory
Light can do two things. It can illuminate all the objects it shines upon, and it can also dazzle the watcher by means of its own splendour. Simeon understood that Christ would do both things, as God’s light. He would be a light for revelation, revealing God’s love to the Gentiles. He would also show the glory of God among his own people, by living according to the law, so that he could rescue them by grace.
LORD, thank you for your love and your salvation.