All Nations Community Church
Simeon's Song of Praise (2)
Christmas is a time for music! This 4-week Christmas series looks at four songs from the book of Luke (Mary’s, Zechariah’s, the Angels’, and Simeon’s), explaining what each says about the story of Christmas. Each song is about how Jesus came to set the world right, and we can be a part of this movement.
Locations & Times
  • All Nations Community Church
    18620 Kedzie Ave, Homewood, IL 60430, USA
    Sunday 9:45 AM
Big Idea of the Message: Embrace Jesus to find fulfillment and satisfaction.

Simeon found his fulfillment in seeing Jesus. Our lives should find satisfaction in the person of Jesus too.
The backdrop of Simeon's story:

Verses 21-24 – On the 8th day, Jewish parents must circumcise a baby boy (Genesis 17:12).
Every 1st son belonged to the Lord. The parents had to pay money to the Lord for the 1st son when he was a month old. This was to buy back the boy. The fee was 5 shekels (Numbers 18:15-16)
In Jewish law, a woman became unclean on the birth of her child because of the blood. The mother was unclean for 40 days after the birth of the baby was a boy (Leviticus 12:4). To be unclean meant that the woman could not go to the temple.
At the end of this period, a sacrifice to the Lord was needed. This sacrifice was a lamb, with a dove or pigeon. If she could not afford a lamb, she would bring two doves or two young pigeons (Leviticus 12:6-8).
Profile of Simeon:
· Lives in Jerusalem (political/religious epicenter)
· Name means “God has heard” (heard Simeon’s prayers?)
· Righteous and devout (obedience to the Word)
· Waits for the Consolation of Israel (ref. from Isaiah 40-66)
· Filled with the Holy Spirit
Simeon speaks of satisfaction…
Jesus gives individual satisfaction (vv. 29-30)
· Simeon knew all of his hopes rest on the coming Messiah.
· Everything was going to be okay because of this child (Jesus the Christ) in his arms.
· Every hope, every prayer, every fear, every longing, every need would be SATISFIED in Jesus!
· And the same is true for us today.
Jesus brings corporate satisfaction (31-32)
· Simeon knows this is not just about him, not just about his own personal consolation.
· He knows that not only does he need to be consoled but Israel needs to be consoled as well.
· He even understands that the Gentiles need to be consoled.
· Simeon discovered that Jesus satisfies everyone's (past, present, and future) deepest needs and strongest yearnings
Talk it over:
1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
2. How do you embrace Jesus daily?
3. Where do you need Jesus to bring satisfaction?