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Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation

The coming of the Messiah was no secret; it was long-expected by the people of Israel. The Holy Scriptures are filled with the Gospel of His coming (e.g. see The Messianic Psalms) and His return (e.g. see First And Second Comings In Isaiah). Ironically, even some of those who sought to kill Him at birth were aware of the prophecies:

"2:3 When Herod the king [i.e. Herod The Great; see also The Herods] had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel." (Matthew 2:3-6 KJV)

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people"

When the Christ was born, His parents observed the Israelite Law for newborns. While there, they met two other righteous people, Simeon and Anna, who recognized the child as the long-awaited Deliverer (see the Fact Finder question below).

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"2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb [see also Spiritual Conception].

2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 2:23 As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord; 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." (Luke 2:21-24 KJV)

Simeon recognized the Christ because "it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost."

"2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and The Holy Ghost was upon him. 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel [see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah]; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 2:35 Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Luke 2:25-35 KJV)

Anna too was able to "see" i.e. "she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption."

"2:36 And there was one Anna, a Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." (Luke 2:36-40 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is it that Christ is going to deliver His people, not only from, but also to?
See Deliverance


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