A Primetimer with a difference

A PRIME TIMER WITH A DIFFERENCE

By Ernest Anderson

Luke 2: 25-32

Simeon can be listed amongst the Prime Timers. He lived to a good, old age and there were things of real significance that took place at the later stage of his existence. He did not leave this world a disappointed man, rather he was more than delighted and satisfied with what his to be his lot in the closing period. As far as God was concerned he was a quality man. There are things that are to be noted of a wholesome nature that can have some input and bearing when we reach this stage of being.

Sometime in the past the Lord had given him a choice promise and this stirred him immensely. He was given the inward assurance that before his exodus from this life he would have the distinct pleasure of seeing the Christ-child, the Messiah of Israel and the world. He had witnessed the sight of many babies but this one was to be special. He knew beyond doubt that his days would not end until this had happened so every day he was buoyed up in expectation and anticipation. This was a promise of a lifetime!

2. HE WAS UNIQUELY POSSESSED WITH A DIVINE INSPIRATION – vv25, 26

Twice reference is made to the fact of the Holy Spirit as being ‘upon him’ and of directing his movements – ‘came by the Spirit.’ His life was graced with the presence of the Spirit and he knew what it was to be led and guided by him. Age was no barrier to knowing and enjoying the company and working of the third person of the Godhead in his life. He wasn’t to miss out on the gracious indwelling and outworking of this great person of the Godhead at this final stage. Who knows what the Holy Spirit wants to nurture and bring about in the final run in of your life?

3/. HE WAS UNIQUELY POSSESSED WITH A DIVINE REVELATIONvv30-32

As soon as Jesus is before him he is immediately conscious that the promise made to him a long time ago was now an absolute reality. No longer was it a hope and expectation; the child was visible to his sight and he knew the prospects for all mankind was vested in this little one. He had been given the privilege of beholding the One who was to make the major contribution to man’s future blessedness. On this occasion, he saw beyond the natural. He perceived through the Spirit that this infant was destined to accomplish an amazing work. The Lord can give us spiritual insight as the babes and children appear before us as we bless them.

4/. HE WAS UNIQUELY BLESSED WITH A DIVINE EXPERIENCE – v28

He recognised that this was possibly the choicest moment of his life, and it was near the end, that he could up this ‘wonderful babe’ in his arms.’ Never had he cradled such a bundle of love and possibility. In the course of his ministry over many years he had looked up the face of many a beautiful infant, but this one was different! No one had ever handled or was likely to handle a babe of such worth! It was an occasion to be savoured of utmost value. We never know who and what the Lord is going to place in our hands to dedicate and bless?

5/. HE WAS UNIQUELY BLESSED WITH A DIVINE SATISFACTION – v29

Possibly this was the most thrilling and satisfying thing that had ever happened in his entire career and it was to take place at this stage. Other events and experiences had been a pleasure to him but none could equal this precise hour. As soon as it had happened he was filled with a tremendous sense of contentment and happiness. It was the happiest moment of his life! As far as he was concerned he was quite ready to slip out of this life into the next because his joy was complete. This is how the Lord desires we should complete our journey on earth. It is with a tremendous sense of fulfilment.

CONCLUSION

There is no need to live in envy of this choice servant of the Lord. As we live in accord with the Lord, doing what is right and acceptable, then He will convey things of spiritual significance and promise to and into us and bring them to pass.

One thing we can also note: when people come to us to be blessed and to bring their little ones, we should rise to the occasion because things of immense spiritual revelation and benediction can follow.

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