With this sermon, we conclude our series on the Characters of Christmas. My goal throughout this series has been to give us a perspective of Christmas through the key characters that God uses when his Son is born.
We often think about the obvious ones: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the Wise Men. I have included two characters that I believe are also important to the story and serve as a natural introduction and conclusion to this series. Zechariah formed the introduction and Simeon forms the conclusion.
Let's step into the life of Simeon, the man who was promised he will not die until he sees Jesus. The anticipation for this moment was probably intense, but this moment became a reality.
Let me begin with a question: Has there ever been a time in your life when you learned someone famous (athlete, musician, etc.) was going to be at a local store giving autographs and you decided to go? Let me tell you a story, about such an event which took place when I was younger.
I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. If you live in the city of “brotherly love” you have a serious passion for the Philly sports teams. As a middle school/junior high student my brother and I loved playing street hockey with some friends in the neighborhood. Every day after school, from 3:00 to 5:00 we would meet outside our home and play hockey.
We loved the Philadelphia Flyers. In fact, we had one friend who we think bled orange and black, the colors of the Flyers. One day we learned that a Flyers star player was going to be at the grand opening of a sporting goods store in our local mall. We decided to go. We could not wait for this moment and every day was agonizing as we waited.
Finally the day arrived, and our friends came over ...
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