Learning the Way - Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

In this week's message, we covered the story of Simeon and how the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he wouldn't die until he'd seen the Messiah. Upon meeting the Messiah, he blessed God saying, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

Even though Simeon knew that it meant he could now die, he still rejoiced for having seen God’s salvation! It seems obvious in hindsight that Simeon should have rejoiced, but this is the kind of perspective that we often times forget. It would have been easy for Simeon to focus only on his circumstance and miss the Messiah that was right in front of him.

We are guilty of this too: instead of focusing on God’s plan, we see nothing but our own circumstances. Talk about this with your group - times when you’ve completely missed God’s perspective and times when God has shown you. In both examples, talk about how different things would have been had you adopted the other point of view.

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