To hold the Son of God in your arms has to be an awesome experience! For Simeon it was indeed the moment of a lifetime as it showed the fulfillment of God’s promise to him and to the world. Simeon’s Moment speaks to the joy and elation that Simeon must have felt at seeing that prophecy fulfilled. As the Michael Card song so beautifully describes in words and this painting so powerfully displays, this is the moment that Simeon had lived his life for. Luke 2:21-35
In this painting, I tried to let Simeon’s face tell the story. Ecstasy. I have a feeling Simeon clutched that baby like no other. He knew that he held the “light” of the world, which I symbolized by the star emanating from the Baby. Intertwined through them both, I put a map of the world with its obvious symbolism that Christ came to impact the whole world and not just the Jews as many people would have concluded. Those lands, like North and South America, as well as others, were not even known to Simeon’s world, but God knew all along that you and I would need a Savior. Simeon’s tear was put in to reflect deep joy, but the more I contemplated it, the more I realized it could symbolize that Simeon also might have known that this Baby was born to be crucified. That’s why He came.
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