This evening is the last of our Advent Vespers. We’ll hear the Nunc Dimittis, which you may recognize from the liturgy. It starts,”Lord, now you let your servant go in peace…” It is also called the Song of Simeon, because, well, Simeon sang it when he met the baby Jesus in the temple when his parents took him there to make the appropriate offerings and purifications for his birth. He was very old—Luke says the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death until he saw the Messiah. And Luke says that when he saw the child, he took him in his arms and sang a song to God. And then, I suppose, he went home and died.
How long—how long must you and I wait for God to fulfill his promises? How long until God’s glory reveals itself to us? Think of every time you come to the Lord’s table. There, like Simeon, you touch the glory of God. He held a tiny baby, just a couple weeks old at most, a Beatrix Washington-sized little boy. We hold just a little morsel of bread and drink a sip of wine. But even then we also hold the whole of our Savior, and we receive the fulfillment of his promises—forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation.
See you soon,