This morning, the morning after Christmas, the first thing on my mind as I sleepily managed to make coffee was to try to find my Bible. I had slept until 8:30, which is fairly late for me. In the rush for company coming over for dinner the day before I had probably stashed my Bible in one of my favorite hiding places. (Maybe someone can relate. I desperately try to tidy up my house, placing important items in unusual places I believe I will remember the next day when I need them again, only to not be able to remember where those spots are.)
So, as usual, with hot coffee in hand and my brain still in slow-motion, I cannot remember where my beloved Bible is. My house has been in a constant state of messy since the onslaught of gifts which began on Christmas Eve. The next best thing at the moment is my Bible App on my phone.
Grabbing my phone and heading into the living room where my kids are busily playing with new toys from Christmas, I open the app and start sipping my coffee. Instead of reading one of the many devotionals, I decide to read the verse of the day, but instead of only the one verse I decide to read all of Luke 2.
After reading the Luke’s account of the shephard’s visit by the angels and their visit to see the baby, I went on reading and was moved in a bittersweet way with the following words accounting Mary and Joseph’s trip with Jesus to the temple:
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 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. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Luke 2:22, 25-35 KJV
Did you catch what I did? Well, there is the sweet old man’s tender and moving recognition of a child who of course is not just any baby, but God himself. That is the sweet part along with his words of truth he speaks. Then there is the bittersweet truth he speaks of:
Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against… that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Those three words caught my attention. It was just 2000 years ago when Jesus’ coming and His whole life-changing agenda rocked the world, but in the current days it is. Jesus is still causing hearts to be revealed as they either turn towards Him or against Him.
Hopefully you can see both the glorious beautiful truth of why Jesus came along with the painful fact of that not all hearts will turn towards him.
Read it again in your Bible starting at verse one of Luke 2. Comment below with your thoughts and notice how Luke tells us how Mary pondered on the words of not only Simeon, but the shephards also.