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Hello Friends: 12.24.12- Song of Simeon

Hello Friends,

On behalf of our entire WSFC Staff I want to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

You are invited to join us for one of our Christmas Eve Gatherings on Monday at 4:30 and 6:00 pm. These will be special, one-hour celebrations of Jesus on the night before Christmas.

Now, allow me a moment to finish up my HELLO FRIENDS email series based upon five STORIES that revolve around five SONGS in the Book of Luke. Our teaching series is called SHINE: The Songs of Christmas. A really fun element to this series is that our Worship/Creative Arts Department has been working diligently to write, record and release FIVE ORIGINAL SONGS to coincide with our SHINE series. Go to wsfc.org/shine to download them week by week. Share them with friends and family.

You will notice that we have uploaded not only The Song of Simeon, but also a bonus instrumental track composed by Joshua Fehlen.

The first song was from Elizabeth – the mother of John (the Baptist). Secondly, we unpacked the song from Elizabeth’s cousin Mary (the mother of Jesus). Then our focus was Zechariah (Elizabeth’s husband). After that our attention was drawn to a rowdy group of angels.  Now, finally, we wrap up this series with a Godly man named Simeon found in Luke 2:25-35.

Here is his song as paraphrased in The Message

“God, you can now release your servant;
release me in peace as you promised.
With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation;
it’s now out in the open for everyone to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations,
and of glory for your people Israel.”

This song has been called the Nunc Dimittis from the Latin translation of Nunc dimittis servum tuum, domine – “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace.”

There are a couple of remarkable aspects to this song. The first has to do with SHALOM and the second is about SALVATION.

SHALOM

Shalom is Hebrew for peace. Simeon declares that he can now go home in peace. Many biblical commentators have interpreted this to mean that he was free to die, perhaps due to his old age after all those years of waiting to see the Messiah.  I think a better interpretation is that he was now FREE TO LIVE because of what he saw in the temple.

Jesus is our shalom. He is our peace. With him, we don’t just die in peace, but we truly LIVE.

Are you at peace with Jesus?

SALVATION

Simeon not only discovered peace but also salvation. This salvation was a light that was prepared for all people. It’s like the Apostle Paul describes as the “glorious freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). It’s interesting to note that Simeon was a devout Jew and he sang that this salvation was for Gentiles too. What a revelation!

Have your eyes seen God’s salvation (Jesus)?

Is Jesus your shalom AND your salvation?

Merry Christmas,

John & Denise Fehlen
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