Luke 2: Living for a Purpose
In Luke 2, we of course get the ever popular birth narrative of Jesus Christ, and as important as that is, so much has been said about it that I want to turn our attention to Jesus at the temple and the character of Simeon.
Luk 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luk 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Simeon was a man who clearly was given a supernatural promise. We don’t know much more about it than that, but we know that he was told that he was not going to die until he saw the Christ.
I have to wonder what this moment was finally like for him. After all, his life was now complete. For most of us, we are grateful we have life, and we don’t know how long that life will continue for. Simeon had a definitive benchmark. He knew that he was on earth for a purpose. He was going to see the Savior of the world. He certainly might have had other purposes as well along the way, but he definitively knew that this promise was going to come true.
It makes me think about purpose and all of the variety of things that we can live for. We can try to become famous. We can try to make a lot of money. We can try to have a lot of friends. However, shouldn’t our ultimate purpose also be living our lives in such a way that the conclusion is simply a gateway to an eternity with our Lord and Savior?