Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Think Spot 13 January 2020
Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which Were spoken of him. Luke 2:33.
What are the marvellous things spoken of him ? They are the things of which Simeon had spoken immediately before, when in the temple he took the child Jesus upon his arms, saying: "Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word ; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." They marvelled that this aged and holy man stood there before them in the temple, took the child in his arms and spoke of him so exultingly, calling him the light of the world, a Saviour of all nations, a glory of all the people of Israel.
It must indeed excite wonder that such things were proclaimed openly by Simeon in that public and sacred place with reference to that poor and insignificant child, whose mother was so humble and lowly and whose father Joseph was not wealthy. How could such a child be considered the Saviour of all men, the light of the Gentiles, and the glory and honour of all Israel? At present, after we have had so many proofs of Christ's greatness, these words no longer seem so wonderful; but then, when nothing as yet was known of Jesus, they were indeed marvellous. Joseph and Mary believed them nevertheless, and on that very account they marvelled. If they had not believed them, the words of Simeon would have appeared insignificant to them and not at all wonderful.
If Joseph and Mary had judged according to the outward appearances, they would have considered Christ no more than any other poor child. But they disregard the outward appearance and cling to the words of Simeon with a firm faith, therefore they marvel at his speech. Thus we must also disregard all the senses when contemplating the works of God, and only cling to his words, that our eyes and our senses may not offend us. The fact that they marvelled at the words of Simeon is also to teach us that the Word of God is never preached in vain. The Word of God must produce results, even if there are only a few who believe it. There are always some who receive it with joy and admiration.
(An excerpt taken from "Devotional Readings From Luther's Works For Every Day Of The Year" By Rev. John Sander, L.H.D.) in the Public Domain.
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