“A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2.32 NKJV).
When Mary and Joseph bring Jesus into the Temple after His birth to dedicate Him to God, two people filled with the Holy Spirit were waiting for Him: Simeon and Anna. Anna spoke of Jesus brining redemption to the Jerusalem, but Simeon’s words were more specific. In his short prophesy, He united a segregated world—divided by Jew and Gentile. The Old Testament chronicled a people beginning with the Hebrew Abraham all the way through his lineage to David and then to the destruction of Israel. Although gentiles (non-Jewish people) were a part of this story, the focus was always centered on the Jewish people. Now with one sentence, Simeon has combined Jew and Gentile into the purpose of God through Jesus Christ. Jesus would save not only the Jewish people, but everyone else too. Jesus would be a “light” to the Gentiles and the “glory” of the Jewish people. Jesus has come to save not just one group of people, but He has come to save everyone—the entire world (John 3.16). Like an adopted child, we can learn from God’s interactions with Israel in the Old Testament, because Jesus will give us revelation that applies to our lives today. God adopts every person who professes Jesus is Lord, and no matter our background, race or nationality, we are called children of the Most High. We are daughters and sons of the King and royalty in His Kingdom.
“He gave the right and the power to become children of God to those who received Him. He gave this to those who put their trust in His name. These children of God were not born of blood and of flesh and of man’s desires, but they were born of God” (John 1.12-13 NLV).