Jesus' father and mother were amazed at what Simeon said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, "Many Jews will fall and many will rise because of this boy. He will be a sign (proof) from God that some people will not accept. The things that people think in secret will be made known. And the things that will happen will make your heart very sad."
— Luke 2:33-35 NLT
While Jesus came to bring "goodness and light," he came to a world infected by sin and enslaved to the principles of darkness, decay, and death. His life would not be about ease and escape, but about decision, confrontation, and truth. Darkness had to be driven away. Decay had to be destroyed. Death had to be defeated. To do that meant taking on everything the powers of this world had used to maintain their hold on the hearts of people. Yes, liberation would bring joy to the rescued, but it would mean a high cost for those who wanted to preserve the status quo and did not accept the liberation. Jesus came to force us to decide. He came as Lord, not as a sweet, do-gooder pal. Only when we surrender our hearts to him as Lord does he become our friend and brother. But there is no middle ground. He is not just a good guy, come to do good things, and to make good people happy. He is Savior, Lord, and King. All pretenders, and their lackeys, would oppose him. Our joy was Mary's pain. Our victory was Jesus' agony. Our hope was God's sacrifice. So let Simeon's words remind you that you must make a decision about this Jesus. There is no middle ground or middle emotion.
Give me the courage, O LORD God, to choose Jesus completely. I want him to be my Lord as well as my Savior, my King as well as my Friend, my Master as well as my Brother. Thank you for paying such a huge price to make him Savior, Friend, and Brother. I offer my heart to him as Lord, King, and Master. In the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Matthew 10:32-39
- Joshua 24:14-15
- 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.