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A true and righteous Jewish man
Awaiting God's Messiah stood
Within the Temple's holy gates
Expecting Consolation 'til
At last he saw the infant light,
The rescuer of Israel.
He sang in praise and sweet release,
Announcing it to all around.
And Simeon went home to die--
To die in peace. He'd seen the Christ.
Now, will you sing with Simeon,
In joy because Messiah's come?
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 ESV)
At our church last night, Dr. Stephen Presley pointed out that before Christ came, faith meant waiting. Afterward, faith meant following.