How to Have Hope at Christmas

This profound passage is found only in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, in Luke 2:22-35. The Latin phrase ‘Nunc Dimittis’ implies departure or permission to depart now, the grateful request embodied in Simeon’s song and prayer. That prayer was brief, but exhibited profound insight and encouragement. Simeon praises God for keeping a magnificent promise by allowing him to see the Savior. He boasts that this baby, whom he holds in his arms, is both the promised light for the Gentiles and the glory of Israel. Simeon’s song welcomes the One the prophets had anticipated.

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