A few weeks ago one of my sons broke his collarbone. He thought it would be a good idea to try to go down the sliding board on his feet. Needless to say, he made it down, but it was not the way down he intended. He fell over the side of the sliding board and landed on his right side. After an hour or so of crying and checking and rechecking, plus the fact that his older brother broke his collarbone about a year ago, we decided something was probably wrong on the inside. But, there was no way to know what was going on for sure without an X-Ray. So, we took him to the Emergency Room for an X-Ray that revealed there was a fracture in his collarbone.
When Simeon holds baby Jesus in his arms, he looks Mary in the eyes and says, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).
There are certain things you do and do not say to new mothers. It is quite okay to tell them how beautiful their baby is or how happy you are for them. You usually want to refrain from saying things like, “Wow, there are going to be a lot of sleepless nights,” or “Do you know how much that baby is going to cost you over her lifetime?” Those are not good things to greet a new mother with.
Simeon takes it a step further. He basically tells Mary that this baby will break her heart. And he says this baby will reveal the hearts of many. Men and women will rise and fall because of this child. Some will be saved and others will be condemned because of what they believe about this child. Some will follow him into God’s salvation; others will reject him and be condemned.
Every person on earth is going to have to decide what to do with Jesus. They will have to decide who he is. Is he the salvation of God or is he a fraud? Is he the one who will restore God’s people and save them, or is he a myth? Is he God in the flesh, or is he a liar?
How about you? Who do you say Jesus is? Will this child prove to be a sanctuary or a snare for you? I wonder today what this child will reveal about your heart.
What do you think about Jesus? Have you submitted to him? Are you following him every day? If you have, praise the Lord. If you have not, you can follow him now. Submit your life to him. Repent of your sins. Turn to him. Romans 10:9-11 says, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Confess him as your Lord today. Believe that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved.
Jesus we trust you and follow you. You have shown us that you are the Savior. You have given us the faith to believe you were raised from the dead. Now, we ask for strength to follow you every day of our lives. Give us grace to walk with you. Give us opportunities to invite others to follow you. Amen.