“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.”

Luke 2:29
Last year, after we waited five years to conceive, the Lord gave my wife and me another baby. We named him Canaan Simeon, praying that his heart would long for the heavenly Promised Land—which the earthly promised land of Canaan pictured. But we also are praying he will remember as Simeon did in the Bible that he already holds this heavenly hope in the person of Jesus Christ. 

The Holy Spirit promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen his Savior. Can you imagine how his heart leapt for joy when he held the Christ child in his arms? The light of the world, the glory of the nations, lay in his arms! He was ready then to depart in peace, because his eyes had seen his salvation. 

Friends, this is extremely important for us as an exile people to remember. We are not just waiting for heaven. We already have the God-man as our Lord, Savior, and friend. We already have His Spirit, guiding us and keeping us. Does this make your heart leap for joy today, in exile in a world that truly is not our home?



Scripture Focus

Luke 2:22-35

Insight

The journey is not over, but in a sense, we have already arrived because we get to hold Jesus—or rather, be held by Him.

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Samuel 15-16
  • Psalm 143
  • 1 Thessalonians 3-4
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