A fictional story regarding Simeon’s conversation with God, on the morning before meeting Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
People don’t really change, do they Lord? Yes we have the good ones, but there are some that are just as corrupt and evil as ever. You know history’s odd, we take no notice of it and we make the same mistakes time and again
I’ve got so old, so Lord your promise must come soon of seeing the Messiah, my legs can’t always carry me, My hearing going, My sights a blur, and my memory’s a joke. When will the Messiah come?
If you hadn’t made that promise I’d happily die now for life’s not good. The changes in the temple, there immense, the Chief priests have turned into politicians are no longer trying the lead worship. They seem to want to run the country always trying to placate the Roman’s 0r that tyrant Herod the King which Augustus Caesar forced on us
Oh Lord I’m sorry for my impatiens but when will he come? Why do I have to be so close to death when he comes? Yes when I studied the scriptures I saw quite clearly that now is the time and when your Holy Spirit revealed I would not die before your Messiah would come I was overjoyed, but so far nothing. I trust you, trust your Word but surely he must be on his way soon.
Look I can understanding you changing your mind, forgetting the whole thing, Well I know I would, please just tell me if you have. Just like the people before us the leaders and the people have turned away from you, but not all of us. There are still many who keep to your ways.
You told Jeremiah you would pronounce Judgement on your people because of their wickedness in forsaking you, and the leaders rebelling against you. You punished the people, but they didn’t respond to correction. Their conduct and actions brought their rejection, but it was never total. Lord in your anger and frustration with us please have mercy. Will we be exiled again or will you send another in David’s line to save us?
Through Isaiah you told the nation the people walking in darkness will see a great light, on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. A child is to be born to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. Establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness. Surely the time has come for we are once again living in under the shadow of death
Still odd things are happening, Zechariah going dumb in the temple and then having a son at his age, called the boy John and that was only what about 5 months ago. Now Mat the local shepherd coming in to tell me about singing angles and a Saviour being born, the messiah, please bring him to me. Still it maybe today if not then I won’t die, that is unless Immanuel comes this morning. Lord may you send the messiah and save these people dullards who are rejecting you
They reject you because they don’t know you, They reject you because they put themselves first. They reject you since they follow their own purposes. They reject you since they don’t study your Law, Your Word. They reject you due to your gift of freewill which they abuse. They reject you because you don’t show yourself to them.
Lord send your greatest prophet so all men may turn to you. May they learn of your forgiveness and your mercy, so live in peace and harmony, pleasing you in what they do.