Every born-again Christian may have imagined at one point what it would have been like to live 2000 years ago and see the God-Man, Jesus Christ dwelling on earth.
To see Him as a baby, to see His ministry, to hear Him preach, to see Him carry His cross, to see Him on the cross…
If you could have been there to hold the divine baby in your arms… you would have held the One and only YHWH, the Lord God, the great I Am, the Holy One of Israel, the Son of Man, and your personal Redeemer.
At the same time that you would be holding baby Jesus, He would be holding “the universe by the word of his power” (Heb 1:3). You would be looking at the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb 1:3).
You would be holding the eternal Word, God Himself (John 1:1).
There was a man in Israel who had revelation from God, a man who understood things that we understand today by the Holy Spirit and the Bible about who Jesus was. His name was Simeon.
Luke 2:25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
By the power of the Holy Spirit we understand today what Simeon understood 2000 years ago. When we think about this great miracle we are overcome with awe and worship for God.
Holding baby Jesus would have been the act of holding God your Creator in your arms, and perhaps the ultimate act of worship.