That day a man named Simeon, a Jerusalem resident, was in the Temple. He was a good man, very devout, filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly expecting the Messiah to come soon. For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen him—God’s anointed King. The Holy Spirit had impelled him to go to the Temple that day; and so, when Mary and Joseph arrived to present the baby Jesus to the Lord in obedience to the law, Simeon was there and took the child in his arms, praising God.
“Lord,” he said, “now I can die content! For I have seen him as you promised me I would. I have seen the Savior you have given to the world. He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!”
Joseph and Mary just stood there, marveling at what was being said about Jesus. Simeon blessed them but then said to Mary, “A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel, and this to their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy of many others. And the deepest thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed.”
Luke 2:25-35 Living Bible (TLB)
As a baby is born, there is great joy in a family as the arrival of its newest member is cause for celebration. Even as the circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ were less than optimal, there were many who followed that star that shone so brightly to welcome Him as He entered the world. Believers celebrate the night our Savior was born every year. Yet, this was only the beginning of the miracle which God was performing. Jesus didn't crawl to that cross as a baby. He crawled to it as a man of sorrows for our sins.
As we put away all the Christmas Day rituals and prepare to enter a new year, let us follow Jesus from His birth through His life. Let's pick up our crosses every day and follow Him to His death and resurrection, and on to eternal life in God's Kingdom. That's why He was born. He came to show us the way to live forever with joy and peace.
The beginning was indeed a joyous occasion, but God gives a glorious conclusion to those who believe in and follow His Son.