It's still time to sign the petition if you want /var/log/messages only. :)
http://www.change.org/petitions/lennart-poettering-stop-writing-useless-programs-systemd-journal now shows the last logged lines of every service, in the service status output. All data is indexed in a 'zero-maintenance' on-disk ring-buffer and can be efficiently queried.
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+1'd by: Piotr Sieklucki