“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” Luke 9:20
Have you ever waited so long for something to happen that when it actually does it’s difficult for you to believe? I remember feeling that way about Christmas as a little girl. I would wait and wait, feeling like Christmas Eve would never arrive. When it did I would hang my stocking and go off to bed, lying awake wondering if it really was going to be Christmas when I woke up.
It seems like that’s how some of the Jewish people felt about the coming of the Messiah. They had been expecting Him for generations. Each probably wondered if they would see Him in their lifetime. When Jesus did come people found it hard to believe He was the promised Messiah. I think some people had a set of criteria the Messiah would meet when He came. Perhaps they thought He would come as a mighty warrior or a king would turn out to be the Messiah. Certainly they thought there would be an announcement of sorts from Heaven.
Jesus came without any fanfare. There was an announcement to the shepherds but certainly that couldn’t count. Who were they to have the promised Messiah revealed to them?
One who had no trouble believing was Simeon. He had been promised to see the Messiah before his death. As an old man in the temple that day when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to be dedicated Simeon spoke these words:
“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.”
I imagine Simeon went and told everyone he encountered of the special birth and the Messiah who had come to save them from their sins.
Although Christmas is over don’t stop spreading the good news of the baby born to set us free from our sins. Let others know that the Messiah came and remains with us today.