Nunc Dimittis

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 marveled 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.” (Luke 2:25-35 ESV)

Nunc dimittis, literally means, “now dismiss” your servant. What a beautiful hymn of praise to our Heavenly Father. For anyone who has seen the Messiah and taken hold of Him, this person is ready to depart. The word of God has been fulfilled and the servant has been rewarded for his longing.

Faith in Christ is clinging to Him–it is clinging to the person of Christ and the completed work on the cross. His death on the cross is a historical fact; that the righteous has died for the unrighteous. That great exchange on the cross was accomplished by this Christ-child. My sin was imputed on him and his righteousness imputed on me.

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