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Christmas Praise: Anna

December 23, 2011

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Luke 2:36-38

“I saw the Messiah!” she proclaimed with joy. “Our Salvation is here!  Deliverance has come!”

“Where is He?  Show Him to us!” they demanded of her.

Pointing behind her she answered them, “He’s in the temple.”

“But how will we know Him?  What does He look like?”

“He is the baby in Simeon’s arms.”

Anna, the ancient widow, was another faithful servant of God.  While Simeon was holding the baby Jesus and praising God she came into the temple. Anna saw the infant and immediately joined Simeon in praising God.  Anna responses to the arrival of Christ was thanksgiving. Like Simeon, she instantly recognized the child as the promised Messiah.  Her thanksgiving did not end there.  She told others of what she had seen.  Her rejoicing was such that she could not, and would not, keep it to herself.  Her message was of redemption.  She proclaimed Jesus to all those who were seeking redemption. Just as Simeon, Anna recognized that this baby was the One who would bring salvation.  She told others He was the One who would bear their iniquities and through Whom many would be justified.  Her talk must have seemed almost crazy to some, but in her faith Anna recognized the promised Son of God.  She gave thanks to God for His Salvation and told others of Him.  We should do likewise this season.

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