Simeon: A Broken Heart Healed

Posted on December 21, 2020


By David Ettinger

Based on the account in Luke 2:25-35.

Simeon’s heart was broken. His beloved Jerusalem was corrupt, contemptible, and contaminated. This elderly Hebrew was devout and righteous, but it was not enough; he wanted all of Israel to walk with God. But how could this happen? he often asked himself and would answer: Only the Messiah can bring consolation to Israel. Only He can heal and comfort us.

But when would He come, Simeon anguished, would it be in my lifetime? And then, in the stillness of a Jerusalem night when Simeon’s heart was breaking into a thousand pieces, he felt a voice in the deepest recesses of his soul. It was God’s voice: “Do not despair, Simeon, for you will not taste death until you see with your own eyes Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.”

Simeon was astonished as he lay wide-eyed in the dark. Though placid on the outside, he was exploding on the inside, every fiber of his being set aflame by this heavenly visitation. He would see the Lord’s Anointed, the Lord’s Christ, and his life would reach its apex.

A few days later, Simeon felt a powerful leading in his soul. It was the Holy Spirit, and it prompted him to make haste and go to the Temple. Simeon knew this was the day! As he navigated his way through the merchants who occupied the Temple courts, he looked up and stopped abruptly.

There he saw a couple and a baby. Everything around him seemed to disappear. Galvanized as never before, Simeon approached them. “Pardon me,” he said softly, “my name is Simeon and I have been waiting for the consolation of Israel. Would you grant me the privilege of holding your Child for but a moment?”

The couple looked at each other, the husband nodded his assent, and the mother delicately placed Israel’s Messiah into Simeon’s waiting hands. From the moment he received his Lord, Simeon felt the fragments of his shattered heart suddenly congeal in one exhilarating moment.

“Lord,” he said, tears falling from his eyes, “as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

He handed the Child back to His mother with the words, “And a sword will pierce your own soul too,” and departed.

As Simeon walked home, he basked in the glory of the Messiah whom he had seen with his own eyes. His days were at an end and he knew it. All his expectations had been fulfilled. His heart had been made whole. He was ready to depart in peace!

What about you? Has your heart been broken? If so, Jesus can mend it. He can satisfy the deepest longings of your heart and heal your sorrow, just as he did for Simeon.

Call upon Him in your brokenness, He longs to heal you!