26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 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, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
This was a special day for Simeon. It is the best Christmas present that he could ever want. Imagine being told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. God’s Spirit was at work and moved Simeon to go to the temple courts where he would meet Jesus.
As Simeon gazed at baby Jesus, he saw God’s plan at work and saw that Jesus was the centrepiece of the plan of salvation for all of mankind. He even said that Jesus would be a light for revelation to the Gentiles. Who would have thought that God’s plan was going to involve a baby?