When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. (Luke 2:27b-32)
When I shopped in Miami my children were little. Hispanic women always cooed over them. One day a lady approached my cart, googling and smiling. When my baby giggled back, she lifted her out of the cart. Although I retrieved her, the lady was so thrilled, I couldn’t be angry.
Simeon was more than excited for he knew the baby he held would save him. Mary didn’t offer him her baby, he took Jesus from her, praising God. He was ecstatic not only to hold His Salvation, but to be dismissed from life on earth and live with God in peace. He served God by telling those at the temple that Baby Jesus would save Jews and Gentiles. Simeon was so joyful and believable no one was upset by his message that they would share their Savior with all nations.
Do you think of death as being dismissed from life on earth and living with God in peace?