Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

– Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

The priest Simeon gave Mary and Joseph much to think about as Jesus was dedicated to the LORD. Jesus would polarize people throughout Israel. On top of that, Jesus would bring much pain to Mary many years later as she witnessed his death on a cross. This picture of the Christ—one who will be a healing balm and an exposer of sin—describes someone who is good, yet dangerous. Do we see Jesus like this? A view of Jesus that doesn’t pierce our soul is not the Jesus of the Bible.

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