Speaker:     George Haraksin
Scripture:    Titus 3
     We continue learning from Simeon on Week 4 of Advent.  Simeon recognizes and declares that this baby boy is the messiah, "one fitted save" both Israel and the nations.  Knowing that infant Jesus is God's Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, results in peace and joy for this old faithful saint.
     Simeon’s joy comes from the long awaited promise that the Lord will ransom Israel and will restore joy as sorrow flees.  Isaiah 35:10 declares, “And the ransomed of the Lord will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”  Isaiah 44:23 again declares, “Shout for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; For the Lord has redeemed Jacob And in Israel He shows forth His glory.” 
     As we sit between two advents--Jesus' first coming and his second coming--how can we appropriate God’s joy while still in the midst of trouble?