Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 25-35

 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him.  As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

Simeon, a prophet

Eight days after Jesus’s birth his family traveled to Jerusalem to present their new baby boy to the Temple. They were to present an offering to the Lord as was required by Jewish law. Their offering was small, just enough for a young couple starting life out together on their own. Publicly on this day their son was hailed as the Messiah by a prophet named Simeon. He proclaimed “I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations and he is the glory of your people Israel”

This is the true meaning of Christmas. God proclaiming out loud for everyone to hear that day: I am God for all people, a God for all nations. And after all they had been through, Jesus’s parents were amazed. Have you allowed God to amaze you in your life? He is ready. He is not a God just for the Israel nation. He is a God for me and for you. He is ready to “wow” you. You only need to believe.

Allow me to introduce this great song, released 2019. The words are simple, but the impact has that “wow” power. Speak these words today over every situation in your life, as the song says ……..

Cause your name is power
Your name is healing
Your name is life
Break every stronghold
Shine through the shadows
Burn like a fire

I just want to speak the name of Jesus
Over fear and all anxiety
To every soul held captive by depression
I speak Jesus