Luke 2:25–32 (ESV) 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
What is Israel’s great claim to fame? What is their “glory”?
Not the Temple.
Not the Law.
Not the Exodus.
Not the Covenant.
It is Christ.
He was born of them – to them.
Let no man glory in anything save this – Jesus Christ, and Him alone.
What is your glory?
When you think of yourself, what is your claim to fame?
Something you’ve created, invented, done, patented, accomplished or participated in?
Maybe it is a talent you have, your intelligence, some character trait, physical beauty, strength or athleticism.
The capacity to sail, work with your hands, hunt, garden, sew, cook, make money, remain youthful in age, your children, grandchildren, or some honor conferred by men?
That you are admired, thought of certain ways in certain circles?
Some image you retain of yourself in your own mind?
Jeremiah 9:23–24 (ESV) 23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Is knowing Him in the Cross YOUR greatest glory? Or is it something else?