Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation
Read Luke 2:1-40
I want you to behold Christ as God's salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ himself is God's salvation. It is good to see salvation in the work of Christ: his glorious incarnation, his life of righteousness, his effectual atonement, his mighty resurrection, his triumphant ascension and his gracious intercession. Without these things we could never have been saved. But it is our Lord's gracious person that makes all his work effectual. Had he not been a man like us, he could not have died as our Substitute. Had he not been God, his dying could never have availed for our redemption. It is who Christ is that gives virtue and merit to what he does.
My friend, Christ Jesus is the only salvation there is (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit tells us that Simeon was a 'just and devout man'. Yet he did not rely upon his goodness for acceptance with God. Simeon also observed the ceremonies and ordinances of worship as God prescribed them in his day. But he found no hope of salvation in the things he did (Rom. 3:20). He trusted Christ alone. When Simeon said, 'Mine eyes have seen thy salvation', he was saying that the Lord Jesus Christ is the whole of salvation (I Cor. 1:30; 1 John 5:13). Christ is salvation. He that gets Christ gets full, complete, perfect salvation. When God gives his Son he gives all grace with his Son (Eph. 1:3), and will not withhold any good thing from those to whom his Son is given (Rom. 8:32).
Never forget, my friend, that the whole of salvation is in Christ. Do not expect to find any portion of it in yourself, or in the ordinances of the church, or in the works of the law, or in some pretended priest, or through doing penance for your sin. Christ alone is salvation. He does not need, nor will he accept, any help from man in the work of salvation. You must trust Christ alone in everything and for everything. I warn you that if you trust Christ for almost everything and yourself, your baptism, your good works, your speaking in tongues, or your experience for a little something, your hope is vain. Christ will be all, or he will be nothing (Gal. 5:2). Do you see this? Can you say with Simeon, 'Mine eyes have seen thy salvation'?