A Peaceful Release
It’s tough to lose loved ones at Christmas time. It’s tough to leave an intensive care room where someone close to you has just died and turn on the radio and it’s blasting, "Let it Snow," "Chestnuts Roasting," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. " When we lose a loved one, especially during Christmas, can we release them and have peace?
We've been following Dr. Luke's Christmas narrative, and when he shares Simeon's words to Mary and Joseph as he held Jesus in his arms, he is one doctor who tells us why we can have peace even when death hits hard.
"Now O Master, You can release your servant according to your word in peace because my own eyes have seen your salvation." Luke 2:29
Asaph, one of King David's worship leaders, declared that God would show his salvation to those who thankfully and faithfully offered the sacrifices Moses commanded, not as routine but from the heart (Psalm 50:5,23). Simeon, a devout Jew, did this, and God let him hold His firstborn Son in his arms. Because he had seen Jesus, he was ready to face death.
LORD, help me join Simeon in understanding that Jesus would be your final sacrifice that completely pays the bill for our sins, and give me your peace. As my dear friends here in Texas and in Pennsylvania had to release their loved ones to you during the days leading up to Christmas, help them to remember and let your Spirit pour the kind of peace Simeon enjoyed into their hearts.
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