“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.” Luke 2:30-32
Simeon is described in the Bible as a righteous and devout man that lived in Jerusalem. He was waiting expectantly for the Messiah because God had revealed to him that before death he would see the Christ (Luke 2:26). When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple, the Spirit showed him that Jesus was that Messiah. His words of praise point to the reality that Jesus would make salvation available to all peoples, Jews and Gentiles.
This truth is good news for all. Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, sin has corrupted all of creation, including humanity. We were born with a sin nature and have rebelled against God. Because of our sin we are spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1-3). The curse has ruined every corner of creation and every corner of our hearts. But Jesus has come! He came to bring salvation, life, and redemption. How far does his saving love reach? Far as the curse is found! Now that Jesus has taken on human flesh, died for our sins, and risen from the dead, anyone from any nation, tribe, or tongue can experience Jesus making them new! Hallelujah, what a Savior!