When Christ came as a baby, the majority of the Jewish people missed His coming, the signs were all there, the timing was right, and they needed God more than ever.
The problems were the religious community was caught up in political power they struggled with pushing their own agenda instead of God’s truth.
The Romans were caught up with governing the religious leaders and the king they had in place, they were also busy trying to squash terrorism from the zealots.
The people were living in rebellion doing whatever they could to survive, they were slaves, overtaxed, angry, confused and numb to all that was going on around them.
The good news is there were a few who obeyed God, and He made known to them that the time had come, salvation has arrived through Immanuel, the Christ child.
I believe today we have the same mindset as the Jewish nation, religious leaders have an agenda and it is not God’s, political leaders have an agenda to control the people and what they know, and the people are growing numb and rebellious against both.
We are missing the glory of God as He works and offers salvation to all mankind, we miss the meaning of Immanuel, we miss the treasures of life because we have become apathetic, instead of passionate for Christ.
The signs are obvious, they are everywhere if we're not careful we will miss all the signs of our Lord's return because we are focused on us instead of Him.
Simeon and Anna had waited their whole lives for the coming Messiah and knew that God had kept His promise, we should be like Simeon and Anna waiting faithfully on God, recognize His promises and keep praising His name
Let’s turn our eyes off of us, and other people, let's look for Jesus to soon return, let's live as if today is the day, let others see the glory of God shine upon us and mankind again.
God’s word says this:
“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Christ, fourteen generations. The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother, Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.”Matthew 1:17-25 CSB
“Now concerning that day and hour no one knows — neither the angels of heaven nor the Son — except the Father alone. As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah boarded the ark.
They didn’t know until the flood came and swept them all away. This is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding grain with a hand mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. But know this: If the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert and not let his house be broken into. This is why you are also to be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24:36-44 CSB
“There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple.
When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said, Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace, as you promised.“For my eyes have seen your salvation.”
You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples — a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel.
His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed — and a sword will pierce your own soul — that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:25-38 CSB
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