“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,” Luke 2:34
Mary and Joseph followed the Old Testament Law of bringing a new baby to the temple to be consecrated to God. They were bringing Jesus to the temple.
Immediately upon seeing baby Jesus, Simeon realized he was looking at the promised Messiah. This was the One all the prophets had talked about and Israel was looking for.
Now Simeon makes a prophecy about the future of Jesus. He will cause the rising and falling of many and will be spoken against. It sounds very good to hear about the raising of many people, but it is difficult to hear the rest of the prophecy.
Jesus would raise many people up to God because of their belief in Him. Many would be healed of many problems and sicknesses.
In addition, however, many would fall down because of Jesus. Many will not believe what He has to say. Many will turn away from following God. They would not believe that He is the Messiah and the One from God.
Since many will have unbelief in Jesus, they will also speak out against Him. Even though Jesus never does any wrong, many will hate Him.
People have not changed. Even to this day, there are people who believe in Jesus and those who speak against Him.
Years later, Jesus will tell the disciples, and now you, that they must be like Him. He also stated that what they have done to Him, they will do to His followers.
Today, as a follower of Jesus, you must be willing to tell others about Him. Some will listen and follow Jesus. Others will speak against Him, and against you because of your following Jesus.
You, just like Jesus, can be the cause of the rising and falling of many in this world. Are you being His witness today? Be willing to tell everyone you meet about Jesus. Do not be afraid. Some will follow, some will reject, but you will be doing what Jesus did. Give everyone a chance to accept Jesus.
Your destiny is to tell others about Jesus. Are you following your destiny?
I pray today that God will give you the words to speak to others; that God will strengthen you in your walk with Jesus; that God will draw many to Jesus through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.