And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel…
1. Remember that the gospel must prove the means either of your rise or of your fall. It is, then, a matter of infinite moment, involving all that is important in your endless character and destiny.
2. Speak not against Christ, but for Him. Beware of speaking lightly of Him, or His ordinances, doctrines, people. On the contrary, espouse His cause, and embrace every opportunity of remembering Him to others.
3. Let all the sufferings and indignities of the Redeemer be matter of grief to you. Your sins made them necessary.
4. Suffer the gospel to have its proper heart-searching effect on you. That "the thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed," is a result not to be deprecated, but desired; in order that what is right and pleasant may be cherished, and what is wrong corrected. God sees all now, and one day He will reveal all. It will then be too late to think of amendment. The present is the time for any salutary discovery.
(James Foote, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;