For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples. Luke 2:30-31
To the other people in Bethlehem, there was nothing magical about the day. There was nothing extraordinary about the child who was receiving the ritual circumcision. Yet Luke 2:30-31 reports that Simeon exclaimed, “My eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples” (NASB).
The Lord sent Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for humanity. When Jesus comes again, He will come as a great warrior and king, not a baby. So why was Jesus born the first time? Why did Christ leave His throne in heaven to work as a carpenter? Why didn’t He come as a thirty-year-old man? Wouldn’t three years of sinlessness have been sufficient?
In order for Christ to be the Son of Man, He had to endure everything from birth to death. In order for Him to share in our humanity, He had to encounter every part of it. There was nothing extraordinary to the people in Bethlehem, because Christ was experiencing what they encountered every day. Yet consider the miracle that the God with perfect power, understanding, and love has participated in every aspect of human life and sits on the throne of grace as He intercedes for you.
Jesus did not miss one moment of knowing what your life is like. In God’s wisdom, He truly became the perfect sacrifice and Savior.
Lord Jesus, You humbled Yourself to a life of lowly humanity in order to raise me to the life of a child of the King, through Your death and resurrection. No words can express my gratitude.