Luk 2:33 And his father and mother were stunned at what was said about him.
Luk 2:34 And Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Behold, this one laid here will cause either the fall or the resurrection of many in Israel, and his presence is a sign that is being argued against —
Luk 2:35 and a sword will pierce your own soul also, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed!”
a sign being argued against
Simeon’s prophecy revealed the other side of the angel’s proclamation. Christ will bring joy to the world, be he will also bring schism and a sword. His presence is a sign from God which will reveal the thoughts of many hearts — whether they are truly devoted to the LORD or not.
For generations, our societies have been happy to accept the joy of Christmas, but unwilling to commit themselves to the revelation behind it. The sign of Christ is being argued against again. Whose side are we on?
LORD, give us the courage to commit to Christ, regardless of who we might have to oppose.