Imagine you are attending a flock of sheep on a crisp, bright night. The usual wayward sheep would escape and you would have to capture it. Suddenly there are bright lights from the heavens lighting the path of a multitude of angels. Great singing is heard and the angels sing“Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace to Men on Whom His Favor Rests.” How would you react to this event? The joy would be overwhelming and the desire to spread the word to others would be of great importance. You would seek out this new born child and sing praises to God for this blessed event. Just as you see Jesus, Simeon, a religious man, recognized Jesus the moment he was put into his arms.
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon
took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your
salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and the glory of your people Israel.” Luke 2:25-32, NIV