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Simeon: The Man Who Waited for the Messiah (16 of 18)
Series: Getting Acquainted With People of the New Testament
1. Simeon Praying
a) The Dedication He Exemplified
b) The Revelation He Experienced
2. Simeon Praising
a) Personal Praise for the Savior
b) Universal Praise for the Saviour
3. Simeon Prophesying
a) A Prophesy Concerning Her Son
b) A Prophesy Concerning Her Sorrow
On Friday nights and on the eve of Jewish holy days, in synagogues and temples, Jewish people pray: "Shake thyself from the dust, arise, put on the garments of thy glory, O my people! Through the Son of Jesse the Bethelehemite, draw night unto my soul, redeem it!" It is a prayer for the Messiah to come.
What Jewish people fail to understand is that the Messiah has already come. John 1:11 declares, "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John the Baptist introduced Jesus to the Jewish people as the Messiah. There were those who did acknowledge and accept Him as the Messiah: "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). But as a nation, Jesus was rejected as the Messiah.
Isidore Singer, Ph.D., managing editor of "The Jewish Encyclopedia," said in regards to Jesus, "I regard Jesus of Nazareth as a Jew of Jews, one whom all Jewish people are learning to love. His teachings have been an immense service to the world in bringing Israel's God to knowledge of hundreds of millions of mankind ... We are all glad to claim Jesus as one of our people."
Rabbi J.L. Levy said, "I personally regard Him as one of the greatest spiritual teachers the world has ever known."
Rabbi Rudolph Grossman said, "We Jews honor the Nazarene as our brother in faith, sprung from our loins, nurtured at Israel's knee, a teacher of sweet and beautiful ideals, a preacher whose influence has been and still is among the mightiest spiritualizing factors in the world."
Jesus was ...
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