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A Light for Revelation

Daily Reading: Luke 2

Scripture Focus: For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. (Luke 2:30-32)

Devotional Thought: His name was Simeon. Not a priest nor a prophet, he was, however, “righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel." Moved by the Holy Spirit, he went into the temple courts. Mary and Joseph brought Jesus into the courts, and Simeon “took him in his arms and praised God,” (v. 28). With the insight of the Spirit, Simeon recognized Jesus right away as the promised Messiah. He said, “… my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel,” (vv. 30-32).

Mary and Joseph, recipients of divine visions at Jesus' conception, marveled at Simeon’s words. While even Jesus’ own mother and earthly father did not fully comprehend God’s plan, Simeon was given understanding through the Holy Spirit’s revelation.

This same Spirit is alive today and is given to all believers at the point of salvation. Do we understand the power and insight that is meant for us when we receive this gift? As Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 2:12, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” We have an amazing Helper, without whom the Word of God would not be understood: “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit,” (1 Corinthians 2.14).

Have your eyes "seen" the salvation of God? Let God's light illuminate this season so that Jesus can reveal his glory in you and through you to a world in darkness.


Prayer: Lord, just as you revealed yourself to an old man in the temple 2000 years ago, I pray that you would reveal yourself to me, that I might reveal your glory in this day. Amen.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 133.1-3

1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is

when brothers dwell in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil on the head,

running down on the beard,

on the beard of Aaron,

running down on the collar of his robes!

3 It is like the dew of Hermon,

which falls on the mountains of Zion!

For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,

life forevermore.

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