Then Simeon took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples
Christmas is about Jesus. The Bible tells us that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). If so, then Christmas is a prophetic season. Firstly, prophecies testify to Jesus’s incarnation and divinity. His birth fulfilled the prophet Isaiah’s words 600 years before that a virgin would conceive, and bear a son, and His name would be called Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23). It was also the prophet Micah’s words 700 years before that enabled the Wise Men to pin point Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Christ (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:6). Joseph and Mary’s flight to Egypt with the baby Jesus, and their return to Israel later was also a fulfilment of an Old Testament prophecy (Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:15). Now you get it! Prophecies abound in this season.
But there’s more! When Jesus was forty days old, two other persons uttered fresh prophecies about him: Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38). Simeon was in the temple the same time that Joseph and Mary arrived to consecrate Jesus to the Lord. He foretold that the child was the Saviour, the glory of Israel, and a light unto the world. Also that His death would also cause much pain to Mary. Anna also spoke that the child would be the redeemer of Jerusalem. Christmas is a prophetic season for us to tap into!
So, this Christmas let’s declare prophetically God’s redemption of what we lost this year. Maybe we lost a precious relationship or friendship. A family member may have been estranged. Maybe we lost our health. We may have suffered financial losses in our work or investments. Perhaps our children have gone away from Christ. Or we lost our direction and purpose. It’s time! Ask God. Declare it prophetically this season.
圣诞的焦点在于耶稣。圣经告诉了我们，耶稣的见证就是预言的灵意（启示录19:10)。如果是如圣经所说的话，那圣诞就是个充满预言的季节。首先，有许多的预言证实了耶稣的化身和神性。祂的诞生应验了先知以赛亚早在600年前所说的预言。那就是必有童女怀孕生子，给他起名叫以马内利，意思是指 “神与我们同在” (以赛亚7:14; 马太福音1:23)。除此之外，因先知弥迦亦在700年前道出预言，那些从东方来的博士们才能够明确地锁定伯利恒为基督降生之处 (弥迦5:2; 马太福音2:6)。约瑟和马利亚与婴孩耶稣逃离到埃及，之后又回到以色列，这也是应验了旧约的预言 (何西阿 11:1; 马太福音2:15) 。您看到了吧！这圣诞的季节里充满着数不清的预言。
除了这些，还有更多呢！当耶稣四十天大时，又有两个人对他说出预言; 那就是西面和亚拿 (路加福音 2:25-38) 。当时，约瑟和马利亚正在圣殿里欲把婴孩耶稣奉献给主，而西面亦在那里。当他看见耶稣时，便预言说：“这孩子将会是救世主、以色列人民的荣耀和照亮外邦人的光。不但如此，他的死亡将会给马利亚带来极大的痛苦。” 亚拿亦说：”这婴孩将是耶路撒冷的救赎主。” 圣诞，就是让我们一起经历预言的季节！
因此，在这圣诞节，让我们以预言来宣告：上帝将赎回我们今年所失去的。我们可能失去了很宝贵的亲情或友谊。或是某个家庭成员可能与我们分离了。有可能我们失去了健康; 又或者是在工作或投资上经历财务上的损失。可能是我们的孩子离弃了上帝，又或是我们自己迷失了方向和目标。就是这个时刻了！ 让我们在这季节里，祈求上帝并作出预言性的宣告！
Philip Lyn 医生牧师