Of all the characters in the Christmas story, Simeon represents us.
Simeon is described as just. The Greek word means “equitable, fair, and right.” Simeon was a good and decent man just trying to get by. One scholar described the meaning of this word as, “He behaved well toward people.”
Simeon is also described as devout. He was very serious about his relationship with God. He was a godly man. The word also has the meaning of “cautious or careful.” I think of him as an older man; he had seen so much in his life.
Simeon’s most striking description is that he was waiting for the Consolation of Israel. For 400 years, since the closing of the OT period, Heaven had been silent. God had not spoken. These were dark days.
However, Simeon was holding on to God’s promise of a deliverer, a redeemer, the Messiah who would come to bring peace. Consolation means “to come alongside to comfort.” It comes from the same word that describes the Spirit as our Comforter. “He was waiting for the time when God would take away Israel’s sorrow.”
It is further said of Simeon; the Holy Spirit was upon him. Until Pentecost, the Holy Spirit didn’t permanently indwell believers. The Holy Spirit came “upon” them to enable them to do different deeds. He gave a special touch for a special task. The Spirit of God was actively working in Simeon. Are you a Simeon? On this Christmas morning, is it all about Him? Make this a special day!