. . . for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.
This passage starts as follows: “Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:25-26).
When the Holy Spirit had directed him to the temple, he held Jesus in his arms and said: “For my eyes have seen your salvation . . .” Jesus is God’s salvation! It’s not a religious system, nor rules and regulations; it’s a person—the Son of God. He is the Savior of the world.
When we consider our need for salvation, we have to consider Jesus’ righteous life and sacrificial death. In order for God to accept us, we have to be perfectly righteous—no flaw or blemish at all. No one can claim such perfection, including the most religious or moral person: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Jesus came to live a perfect life on our behalf and, as a result, we’re accounted as perfectly righteous for His sake.
Not only are we in need of a perfect righteousness, we also need forgiveness from all our sins. The Bible refers to them as debts and they have to be paid, either by us or someone else. Jesus paid for them on the cross when He suffered our punishment. When we receive Him by faith, we have full forgiveness. When He cried, “it is finished” (John 19:30), the great work of our salvation had been completed—nothing to be added or taken away from it.
This is for all nations! Jesus didn’t only come for the people of Israel; He also came for the Gentiles. John stated that as follows: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). He will then be our everlasting Light and eternal Glory. Have you already received Him?
The Devotional Writer