“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in HIS wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, by the light of His glory and grace.”
~ Helen Limmel ~
In considering this quote from Helen Limmel I thought of one of the first people who laid eyes on Jesus and truly understood who he was looking at.
Luke 2: 25-35 ~ “Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
What an amazing experience this must have been for Simeon. How wonderful for him that the Holy Spirit clearly taught him who this was and what an amazing privilege to be the priest that would bless the Messiah. I want to be like Simeon waiting on the Lord, looking to Him, living in His light and prepared for whatever the Lord wills. With the Holy Spirit’s help we can turn our eyes upon Jesus and understand more fully why we so desperately need a Savior and why His sacrifice was the only way for us to be saved. We see more clearly our total depravity and His perfect sacrifice for our redemption. When we understand this we look fully into His face.
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