…and when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the LORD (as it is written in the Law: “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called Holy to the LORD.”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the LORD…
…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. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see Death before he had seen the LORD`s Anointed One.
Simon 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, he 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 that You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
Joseph and Mary marveled at what was said about Him – and Simeon blessed them, saying to His mother Mary: “Behold! this Child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own Soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
One of my favorite events in the Scriptures, the righteous Simeon beholding the Messiah… knowing who He is and what His coming into the world means.
He holds eternity in his arms and rejoices at what the LORD has done.