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Simeon Sees

Text: Luke 2:25-35 (NIV)

25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

you now dismiss your servant

in peace.

30For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,

32a light for revelation to the Gentiles

and for glory to your people Israel.”

33The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

I.        Introduction:

II.      The Expectation of the Messiah

A.      The Promise by the Spirit

1.       A Promise To a Devout man

2.       A Promise To be Accomplished before Death

3.       A Promise to see the Christ

B.      The Prompting by the Spirit

1.       At the Temple in Jerusalem

2.       At the Time Jesus was Presented

III.   The Recognition of the Messiah

A.      Recognizing the Promise in Christ

B.      Recognizing the Promise of God

C.      Recognizing the Promise of Redemption

1.       Seeing God’s Salvation in Christ

2.       Seeing God’s Revelation to the Gentiles

3.       Seeing God’s People in their Glory

IV.    The Prediction of the Messiah

A.      A Prediction that Carries a Blessing

B.      A Prediction that Sees an Upset of Powers

C.      A Prediction that Envisions Hearts Laid Bare

D.      A Prediction that Forecasts Sorrow

V.      Conclusion:

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