December 19, 2013
Baby Jesus in the Arms of Simeon
I often read the Bible at Bicentennial Park in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida with my friends. As I watch the loving Lord Jesus give eternal life to people at the Park, I see Him open their eyes to the Bible, which is the Word of God. I love to share their joy as they read through the wonderful Word of God and experience great joy as they hear Jesus speak to them through His Bible. At this time of year, we love to read the story of God the Son taking flesh and living among men. I wish you could see the joy on their faces as they read the Word of God. Eyes sparkle, hearts overflow, and smiles remind me of the true spiritual power of Christmas. So, I wanted to share the joy of the Word of God concerning Simeon with you today.
The story of Simeon centers upon the birth of Jesus, when God the Son took flesh and lived among men. God used different people, and angels, to proclaim the good news of the birth of God the Son in human flesh. In fact, these prophesies concerning the birth of God the Son began long before Jesus was born, 1Jesus Himself proclaimed that all the prophecies concerning Himself in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Luke 24:44, page 1652. and God continued with prophecies even after the birth of Jesus. Do you know why God the Son was named “Jesus” by his parents?
God Named the Baby “Jesus”
In fact, God chose the name “Jesus” and sent angels to tell Mary 2The angel tells Mary to name the child “Jesus” and that He will be called the Son of God–Luke 1:30-33, pages 1594-1595. and Joseph to name their child “Jesus.” 3The angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told Joseph to call the child “Jesus” because He will save His people from their sins–Matthew 1:21, page 1502. The name “Jesus” means Savior, because Jesus came to save people from their sins. 4Matthew 1:21, page 1502.
We know that Jesus did not begin His existence when He took flesh, because Jesus was always God the Son long before He took flesh and lived among men. God the Son existed as God throughout the Old Testament, and existed as God in the beginning, and has always been God and has always been with God. 5Notice the very precise language of John 1:1, page 1653. The Holy Spirit communicated in John 1:1 these words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” These words emphasize three points about God the Word, otherwise known as God the Son who took flesh and dwelt among men (the Word became flesh = Jesus of Nazareth–John 1:14, page 1654). First, in words similar to Genesis 1:1, page 1, God the Word existed in the beginning. Notice that God the Word was not created in the beginning, but He was already in existence “in the beginning.” Second, God the Word was with God. This word “with” (“πρὸς”) means that God exists with God, in other words, God exists eternally and simultaneously in different Persons. The word does not describe separate Gods, but one God existing in three different persons. In other Bible passages, we learn that God the Son eternally exists with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17, page 1504; Colossians 2:9, page 1843). They eternally exist with each other as one united God. Third, God the Word was God. Therefore, we learn that God the Word always existed, even before the beginning, and God the Word existed with God, and God the Word was God. All three of these aspects of God the Word have always been true, are true right now, and will always be true.