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February 2nd's Promises for Tomorrow

St. Peter & St. John Lutheran Churches  
Evansville & Ruma, IL

Mon, Feb 2, 2004 

Punxsutawney Phil saw light this week - or rather, saw his shadow because of the light.  According to tradition this means six more weeks of winter.  Winter got here late this year.  I guess it wants to stick around for a while.

Of course, Phil can't really promise you six weeks of winter.  He can't even promise you six weeks.  There is no promise from God that there will be a tomorrow for you or for me.  That is rather staggering.  God does not guarantee us a tomorrow - not in this world at least.  Turn to the first section of the paper and you will find a list of people in the obituaries who found this out.

One man did have a guarantee from God that there would be a tomorrow for him.  The Holy Spirit promised Simeon that he would not die until he saw the Lord's Christ (Luke 2:26).  And that is what happened.  When Jesus was forty days old, Mary and Joseph went to the Temple to consecrate their firstborn son to the Lord.  Simeon saw the infant Christ child and knew Him to be Simeon's salvation, and the salvation for the world.  He knew there was eternal life because of this little boy - a future with God.

At some point after this, Simeon had no tomorrow upon this earth.  He died, and he now rests in this same Christ Jesus.  He looks eagerly to the day of the resurrection of the dead, as do all believers in Christ.  Jesus has not promised a tomorrow upon this earth, but He has promised, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die." (John 11:25-26)

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