“God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets. has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, by whom He made the world, who is the brightness of His Glory and the expressed Image of His Person. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us and we beheld His Glory, the Glory of the Only Begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.” And what were the first words of this glorious declaration of the Father of Glory? I say this with the utmost Reverence, Joy and Thanksgiving. The first declaration of the glory and wisdom of the Almighty God was “Waa, Waa”. Jesus uttered those first words that every mother anxiously awaits in that birthing room, that cry that testifies to the life of that little one hidden in her womb all those months. But this cry, that Mary and Joseph heard, was the cry of eternal life in the form of that baby promised unto her by the angel some months ago. And not just a promise to Mary and Joseph, but to all who believe that God is come into the world in the flesh of this baby in this humble, lowly event!.
“And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, His name was called Jesus, which was so named by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord, every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifices according to the law which is said in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons. And behold there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon and the same man was just and devout waiting for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Ghost was upon him and it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him after the custom of the law, then Simeon took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, Lord now let thy servant depart in peace according to thy Word for my eyes have seen Your Salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. And Joseph and His mother marveled all those things which were spoken of Him.”
Revelation 19:10 declares that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. And Simeon knew those Prophets, and the Spirit of that prophecy brought him to the temple, and he recognized that this baby was his salvation, his hope of eternal life. In this baby was the consolation and comfort of Israel, and the rest and peace of all humanity who put their trust in this God come in human flesh, and wonder of wonders, he held his Salvation in his arms!!!
1 John 4:2 says, hereby know we the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of Antichrist. Our Jesus told us in John 6 that we are to eat his flesh and drink his blood. In His flesh, that is His body, all the fullness of the godhead dwells (Colossians 2:9-10), and we are complete in Him. It is in our coming and believing this that we eat and drink.
Our Lord gave us this reminder, this service of remembrance, this little cup and this mere piece of bread as our oft repeated confession that God became flesh in the Man Christ Jesus, and in the breaking of his human flesh and in the pouring out of his human blood, and in his resurrection and exaltation to the Father's Right Hand is our Hope of salvation and Eternal life, righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Ghost forevermore. And the life we now live in the flesh, we live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved us and gave Himself for us. Come and dine the Master calleth!!! Come feast on your Jesus!!!