Some forty days had passed and it was time for Mary to purify herself, according to Levitical law. By a miracle, Mary had bore the baby Jesus but had not slept with any man at this point.
Here we meet the famous Simeon, who had been promised to see the Savior in the flesh during his lifetime. He praised God and announced to everyone in the temple courts how the baby would bring Salvation to all people. Yet, those were not his last words concerning Jesus. Imagine Simeon holding baby Jesus in his arms and declaring the future Salvation, but then pivoting his stance towards Mary to speak a blessing to a her:
“. . . this child is appointed for the fall and [rise] of many in Israel, and for a sign that is [spoken against] (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34–35 ESV
Jesus was the Savior, and this required a great disruption to people’s lives.
But doesn’t this contradict the famous line, “peace on earth” (alluding to Luke 2:14)? Jesus the disrupter—isn’t that totally opposite of the Christmas message? In one sense, Jesus did come to bring peace to the earth, after all he did not come to condemn the world (John 3:17). Yet, the very next verse in John 3 says that those who do not believe have already been condemned (John 3:18).