He worked in the temple because he believed God was near. He knew God was near. He knew this because God had visited him, telling him he wouldn’t die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And at his age, it would have to be soon.
Then she [Mary] and her husband [Joseph] took up their boy. It was time to purchase his release with more blood. As they moved toward the place where he would be redeemed, they passed an old man with searching eyes and purpose in his step.
Simeon’s joyful hope was in the promise of a glimpse of the Christ, but God had something better in mind. Simeon actually got to hold him. This mumbling member of the old guard took this new life into his arms as his words rose to a cry of praise.
…They had brought Jesus to this place to redeem him, but before them stood a man proclaiming that this baby would, in fact, redeem them.
…Jesus would reveal the hearts of all mankind. The light of the world would shine in every dark corner of every dark heart, exposing every dark secret. And this was a world that had grown quite fond of darkness. It was no surprise that he would be opposed.
Excerpt taken from Behold, the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey. (Pg. 168, 170-171)