Simeon recognises that Jesus is the One who was to appear, who was foretold by the Messianic prophets and prefigured by various characters through history before. Jesus was the answer to the foretelling of the prophets and biblical characters; Jesus is the answer to every person’s need today.
Adam, Isaac, Jonah – and others – in their different ways foreshadowed Jesus – the Word who became flesh. They help us to understand the reason why Jesus came. They point us to the only One in whom we should put our hope – the One whose birth we particularly celebrate at this time of year.