The Lord’s Entry Into The Temple

‘He would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ so he came by the spirit into the temple’

‘Lord now you are letting your servant depart in peace according to your wordentry

For my eyes have seen your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people
A light to bring revelation to the gentiles and the glory to Your people Israel ‘
Luke 2

Simeon has seen salvation in this infant Jesus, because Jesus is salvation (BASIL THE GREAT).

Simeon entered into the temple with Christ. To enter into the temple with Christ means to enter into your own heart. That is the dwelling place of Christ. Inside yourself is where you will meet Him. Inside the temple is where you will see salvation because it is only when you start to look into yourself can you really come to a place where you can begin to be sanctified.

Our problem is that we are too busy running around trying to feel justified by our services or trying to find comfort and freedom in others. Christ is calling you to stillness and to depth. A depth which means that I take time to look into my own heart, my intentions, my feelings and find truth instead of a superficial lie that I have told myself.

ORIGEN: Simeon knew that no one could release a man from the prison of the body with hope of life to come, except the anointed One whom he enfolded in his arms.

Hence he also says to him, ―Now you dismiss your servant, Lord, in peace. For, as long as I did not hold Christ, as long as my arms did not enfold him, I was imprisoned and unable to escape from my bonds.‖

If you wish to hold Jesus, and to embrace him with your hands, and to be made worthy of leaving prison, you too must struggle with every effort to possess the guiding Spirit. Just come to God‘s temple. See, you stand now already in the temple of the Lord Jesus, his church. This is the temple built from living stones.
13 HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 15.1–3.

Simeon insisted that he would not see death until He had met with Christ. So just like David , he was saying:
“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find a place for the LORD,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

So we too should not rest until we are in the same dwelling place as Him. So we must struggle in prayer and wrestle with the angel until He blesses us.

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