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Prepare to Die

Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart
in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
imgA Light of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.

—Luke 2:29–32

Are you ready to die? only one thing is needed:


Simeon began his song by speaking of his final departure, his dismissal unto death. Some people . . . infer from this that he was an old man. That may be true; however, Luke never tells us how old he was. All he tells us is that once Simeon had seen Jesus, he was ready to die—to be released from his watch post. This was partly because of the special promise that he would not see death until he had seen the Christ. But the principle also had a wider application. Anyone who had seen Jesus with the eyes of faith is prepared to die. And anyone who has not seen him—whether young or old—is not ready to die at all. When we see Jesus and his salvation we are ready to be dismissed from this life in peace and enter the life to come. Have you seen Jesus by faith? Have you seen him crucified for your sins? Have you seen him raised for you salvation? It is then and only then that anyone is prepared to die.

—Philip Ryken, The Incarnation in the Gospels (P&R Publishing, 2008), 126–127.

Posted 2013·12·17 by David Kjos
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