How is it that so many missed the advent of God? Granted He came in the quiet of the night in the most common and humble of ways; yet how did they miss what they so long had anticipated? Simeon didn’t miss it. He was a righteous and devout man waiting the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit was upon him. The Spirit impressed him to go to the temple on the same day that Joseph and Mary were arriving for Jesus’ presentation. Upon seeing Jesus Simeon praised God saying, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory of Israel .”  (Luke 2:25, 26, 28-32) Simeon didn’t miss it!

Anna was in the temple that same day. This 84 year old widow devoted herself to serving God in the temple. On that day she too seeing Jesus went up to the family and gave thanks to God and spoke to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem . Anna didn’t miss it and she was so taken but God’s advent that she could not be silent.  

Simeon and Anna didn’t miss it but many did. Many were too distracted with the daily routine and demands of life. Many ceased anticipating. They figured if God had not come yet He probably wouldn’t. So they weren’t even looking. Others missed it because they figured if you don’t anticipate then you won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. There were many that were anticipating but they had determined how God would come. Their anticipation included the how rather than simply His coming. Surely God would come to the particular place and in the specific way they determined from the prophesies they had heard. Whatever the reason, they missed His coming.

Contrasting these are Simeon and Anna. Two people devoted to God, worshipping and serving Him sensitive and alert to the Holy Spirit’s leading. They didn’t miss it because their anticipation was founded in the promise of God and a yielding to His way. Their relationship with God was up-to-date, alive and intimate. When He arrived with a whisper they heard, saw and believed!  

How is it that so many miss God’s coming today? God still comes. By His Spirit He comes in many ways every day. Yet we often miss Him. Could it be we are more like the crowds that missed Him when in the fullness of time He became flesh and dwelt among us? Might we be distracted, too busy to notice, not anticipating His being present with us, or predetermining just how He is to come and how He is to act? Could it be?

Beloved, let us be Simeon’s and Anna’s. Let’s not miss His coming everyday or the day Jesus returns to take His bride away. Let’s us be people that know He came, He comes and He is to come and let us be a people who spread the word so that others don’t miss His advent!  

Keep Close to Jesus

Pastor Gerry

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