Salvation means deliverance. Deliverance from the bondage of Sin. Sin, in simple words missing God in us, otherwise missing God’s will. Salvation takes, redemption, saving, help, preservation, conservation, reclamation as its synonyms. Liberation is the political term for Salvation. Despite these above terminological articulations, Simeon’s song
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in
peace, according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen, thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to
be the glory of thy people Israel.
calls us to ponder his words for our spiritual emancipation. I like to exposit some of its contents and meaning for our today’s bible study. I feel that the song of Simeon, which talks about “Salvation” needs to be addressed first. One of the predominant topics that seems to revolve the Christian chat is about salvation. Are you saved or not? do you have the salvation experience? such questions speak volumes in today’s spiritual arena. Many times, people get confused and take discursive actions and practice many rites to sanctify their sinful nature and set forth to proceed their religious practice by excluding themselves from the “normal life”. Sometimes it's very sad to note the attitude of “so called'' saved, for me it is a little abnormal to the standards of Christ. A sort of self-righteous spirituality is ubiquitous and nullifies the leading of the Holy spirit in us. A sort of exclusivist segregation seems to be more rapid in the contemporary Christian world. This attitude of exclusivity is a distinct feature of an unsane devotee.
On the other hand, people are ignorant about Salvation and cease to activate their faith. They feel that they can purchase it and purchase it through their membership in Church or through some ritualistic practices. Rituals are basically an external sign of the internal commitment and faith. Internal faith is qualified only when it is activated.
Salvation is an intense word in the circuit of theology.
Salvation - is a self-evident term to proclaim that everyone in the world is captivated by something or other. We are either under the control of something or control or subjugate something else. The word servant is recorded in the Greek Bible as “δοῦλόν” - “doulon” meaning, slave. Simeon was joyfully announcing that he was liberated from slavery. It gives us a great meaning to say the real life of the subjects during the birth of Christ and the birth of Christ has realized to understand that God is in perfect control. Herod was so afraid about the control of God. He and his well-wishers were perplexed about the birth of Jesus because they worried about their control on subjects. Their men were blind to God and unable to discern the birth of Jesus which was a reality. The love for power made him a slave for power. But the love for God, gives us the power to devastate any subjugating paradigms and helps us to love in faith beyond the visible boundaries of life. No more a Slave to word but a free person in Christ.
Peace - “NUNC Dimittis” stems from Latin meaning "Now you dismiss". The complexities of the world keep us under several catastrophic effects because each one has their own desire to be. One can say the contradiction of individual priorities evolve uncanny ill effects in human relations and plays to be a deep threat for human existence. Can the priorities reach consensus? Thus, the evolution of social contract theories proposed for human existence. The dialogue between the colonial notions and philosophies of interdependence cease not, and the saga continues because of its contradicting world views. The association with the powerless, innocent, helpless Child Jesus enabled him to say “I now dismiss” meaning I depart with peace. Human pomp and glory are ephemeral but the true and real relationship with God gives us peace. It takes us to other levels.
Took him In His Arms: The question of our existence could be understood only with the existence of the other. Dependence is the supreme quality of human life. The birth of Christ as a Child is the demonstration of a dependency of God over fellow humans. God’s dependent face in the infant Jesus has shown the path of salvation to Simeon. A small little babe’s presence and the touch made a prolific and profound effect on the elderly Simeon. God was given in to his hand. The body and blood of Christ was present in the hands of Simeon. It was a joyful and painful experience for him. The Word became flesh, the promise became reality. When that mystic realization occurred, Simeon was jubilant to sing about his preparedness to live in peace. This new understanding helped him to see the radian hope of God even for Gentiles.
It's a “Kairos” that meeting the “Chronos”, means the qualitative experience meeting the quantitative experience realizes to see the abundance in GOD. The synchronization to time and quality spells the liberative expression. It’s a realized experience in a context of uncertainty by Simeon. Thus, he was blessed with the peace of God.
God Bless these Words.