“I remember Simeon,” Nicodemus said. “He was a remarkable man. Ahead of his time.”
“Creative? Forward looking?” The researcher pushed for a little clarity.
Nicodemus laughed. “I’m sorry, I was playing with words. I enjoy the freedom to do that, now that I’m not having to be part of the leadership. I mean that he was speaking of times that were to come and that he was living in a way that was to come.”
The researcher waited, confused.
“You already spoke with Mary. You know how Simeon spoke of her future and of Jesus. So that is the times that were to come.”
Nicodemus leaned back. “But the way of living, that’s intriguing. Now, we all are aware of the Spirit. We all are led. We all are filled. But in those days, it wasn’t as common. Simeon wasn’t anything special, at least not as a leader. He wasn’t a Pharisee, he wasn’t a scribe. He was a simply a good man.”
“What do you mean when you say good?” The researcher asked. “Was he generous? Was he obedient to the commandments?”
“He was … good,” Nicodemus said slowly. “I think that the answer is in what I said about the Holy Spirit…
Luke says of Simeon that he was righteous and devout. In four sentences, the Holy Spirit is mentioned three times with Simeon.
I wanted to start exploring what Paul calls the evidence (fruit) of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” I wanted to suggest that what people saw in Simeon is what would become possible for all followers of Jesus when he had died and risen again and sent his Spirit.
So I guess I’ll just say it.