Luke 2: 22-35
And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 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. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marvelled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
I don’t understand the purification bit. It was Jewish law and therefore as good Jews they did as commanded in the law. What I find very interesting is their meeting up with Simeon. He was aged, hanging onto a promise which he believed that God had given him that he would live long enough to see the Christ, the Messiah the Promised one of the Old Testament be born. He instantly upon seeing him realized that Jesus was the One. Simeon is happy to go now that God has fulfilled His promise to him. He has seen God’s salvation, the Glory of Israel and the Light for the gentiles. For Mary and Joseph more things to add to their wonder about the baby Jesus.
Prayer: Is there anything I should be seeking God?