Passage: Luke 2:25–35
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- In Luke 2:25-27, we learn that the Holy Spirit was upon Simeon, revealing to him and leading him to the Son of God. Earlier in Luke 1:15, 1:35, 1:41, and 1:67, we read how the Holy Spirit led and directed John, Mary, Elizabeth and Zechariah to Jesus Christ. In John 16:14 Jesus says of the Holy Spirit “He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” Based on all the above, what would you say is the role of the Holy Spirit in your life today? Also, based on the above passages, how does the Holy Spirit manifest His presence and power in a believer’s life?
- As soon as Simeon held the infant Jesus in his arms, he knew that his long wait for the “consolation of Israel” was over. Simeon’s life was fulfilled in Christ, and he could now “depart in peace”. What are some things people think they need in order to live a full life? How about you...what do you think will make your life complete? Do you hold on to Jesus Christ with a wonder, affection, comfort, fulfillment and joy similar to Simeon? If yes, explain what that looks and feels like in your daily life. If not, what do you think would help you to be more like Simeon?
- In v.32, Simeon calls Jesus “a light for revelation to the gentiles.” What do you think this means? In what way is Jesus Christ a light to the world? Personally, how did Jesus bring light into your darkness? Who is someone in your life right now that needs the light of Christ and how can you be a “light bearer” to that person?
- In our sermon, we heard that Jesus is like a litmus test (i.e. a decisively indicative test). What we believe about Jesus will determine who we are before a holy and righteous God. Are we for or against him? Do we love or reject him? He’s either Savior and Lord or an object of scorn. There is no in between. Describe how some people try to live in this “in between” space. What does this look like in a person’s life? What would you say to someone who says, “I suppose I’m Christian”? What do you think Jesus would say to that person?