Luke 2:34-35 “Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul, too.’ ”
Simeon’s prophecy must have been difficult for Mary. The angel said she would find favor and deliver the “Son of the Most High.” His throne would be forever. He would be the Messiah that generations had anticipated. Yes, many would rise, but she may not have considered those who would fall….or those within her own nation who would speak against her son. And what about the sword that would pierce her soul? God was preparing Mary for events that would unfold. Mary would be blessed as mother of Messiah. While she would give physical birth, He would give her birth for eternity…..and uncountable numbers of others who would repent and receive Him as Lord & Savior. Even today, souls rise and fall at the name of Jesus. Be blessed to know for certain that heaven awaits you through acceptance of Christ and live so that others see the goodness that comes from Him. Pray for those close to you who have not accepted His gift. Be comforted by and demonstrate the love of our Savior.
Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation and certainty we receive with heartfelt acceptance. Transform our lives so that we draw others to You. That is especially true of family loved ones. Remind us to be witnesses and rest in Your judgment.
Reflect God’s joy today.