Luke 2:36,38 “There was also a prophet, Anna…..Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Another messenger to proclaim Messiah has come. Another confirmation for Mary and Joseph. Their baby boy would be redeemer of Jerusalem. Anna was a prophet who lived at the temple. She was not distracted by worldly activities. Her days were filled worshiping Almighty God. She understood prophecy, and she anticipated arrival of Messiah. Mary and Joseph’s son was the One! Imagine the exhilaration in the hearts of these parents. The same would be true of surrounding Israelites as news quickly spread. They would soon be rid of Roman oppression….or would they? We have the benefit of history to see God’s plan and how Jesus came to suffer and serve as propitiation for our sins. We are saved by surrender and acceptance of Jesus’ Lordship. Scripture tells us He will return to vanquish evil and call us home. Until then, we celebrate certain salvation for those who repent and receive Messiah.
Lord, thank You for prophets and righteous people who were used in Your plan. Keep us mindful of history past and prophetic future. Use us to glorify Your kingdom as we celebrate the birth of Messiah.
Give thanks to God today.