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Message of the Day: Jesus is Glory to Israel and Salvation to the Gentiles

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
.” (Luke 2:30-32, NKJV)

This is part of Simeon’s hymn called the Nunc Dimittis, from the first words of the Latin Vulgate translation, meaning “Now…You are releasing.”

There were a bunch of equally faithful Jews and wise Gentiles who were waiters for the Consolation of Israel or the coming of the Messiah. They were the godly remnant of Israel waiting in hope. One of them was Simeon. Luke’s description of Simeon says it all,

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.” (Luke 2:25-26)

Unlike most Jews, Simeon had the spiritual insight to understand the sort of person the Messiah would be. When he presented the child Jesus in the temple, he acknowledged that Jesus was the promised Messiah, and that he would bring glory to Israel and salvation to the Gentiles. Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise of salvation to the Jews and Gentiles.

Sources:

Bartholomew, Craig G. and Goheen, Michael W. The Drama of Scripture. Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2004.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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