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Depart in Peace

December 20, 2015

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Depart  in Peace

As a person gets older,  they might think  about something they would like  to see  in this world  before they die.     That’s how it was with Simeon,  a very righteous  and devout man  of God.     Because he was always  longingly looking  “for the consolation  of Israel”,  e.g. the Savior,  the Holy Spirit said  that he would literally see  the Savior  before he died.

So, when  baby Jesus was presented  to the LORD in the Temple,  the Holy Spirit led Simeon  to go there  and see the Savior.     Upon seeing Jesus,  Simeon declared  in Luke 2:29-32,

Now Lord,  You are releasing  Your bond-servant  to depart  in peace,
According  to Your word;
For my eyes  have seen  Your salvation,
Which  You have prepared  in the presence  of all peoples,
A Light  of revelation  to the Gentiles,
And the glory  of Your people Israel.

Seeing the long-promised  Savior  brought great  “peace”  to Simeon’s heart.     He was ready  “to depart  in peace  —  to die.     God had  “prepared  in the presence  of all peoples”  the Savior  who would be  “a Light  of revelation”  to everyone.      In other words,  down through the ages  God’s word kept giving  detailed bits  of information  about the Savior  and His lineage  —  and Jesus fulfilled  every single detail.     It was no secret  that God loves us  so much that  our Savior would suffer and die  to pay  for all our sins.

Seeing in God’s word  how God fulfilled  all of His prophecies  about our Savior,  we too,  can have peace     We can rest in Isaiah 9:6,

For a child  will be born  to us,  a son  will be given  to us;
And the government  will rest  on His shoulders;
And His name  will be called  Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,
Eternal Father,  Prince of Peace.

In peace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Prince of Peace  has assured us  of eternal salvation  right now  and the moment we die  in faith.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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