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Christmas interlude...Simeon and Anna

"There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel's consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him." Luke 2:25


Simeon - a Jewish man well in years, who was full of longing and praise for a Savior he was told would come. And even more, a Savior that he would lay eyes upon before his death. Surely he was wondering when this would be, as his life was near completion. Out of the shadows came Mary and Joseph, with a 40 day old baby boy, entering the temple to dedicate their son. Propelled by the Holy Spirit, Simeon entered the complex while they were there. When he saw the boy, he took him in his arms, and knew - this was the universal Savior, the one who would save the Gentiles and give glory to Israel. This was the consummation of all of his longing, of all of his hope, of all of his comfort - this was the power of the presence of God. And the presence of God had returned to His people. This baby boy, wrapped in cloth, was being welcomed as his King...Jesus.


"At that very moment, she [Anna] came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem." Luke 2: 38


Anna was a widow old in years, who served God day and night in the temple. Just like Simeon, she was a devout Jew, and just like Simeon, wondering when this long awaited Messiah would come. As Mary and Joseph entered the temple, she must have marveled at the sight of the baby boy, for she knew, just like Simeon, that this was no ordinary baby boy. This was her Messiah. Behold! He had come. She didn't waste any time, immediately speaking about Him to all of the other Jewish people who were also looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Her heart was burning with all of the hope, now realized. She couldn't keep silent. This was no secret to keep locked up. This was her King...Jesus.


Both Simeon and Anna had a deep longing to be restored, and because of that, they both immediately recognized the baby boy as their Restorer. They now held the Message in their own arms and became the messenger for all their people. They knew that He was everything. He had come to bear the sins of many and that - He would certainly do. But he will come again, for the 2nd time, "...not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him." Hebrews 9:28. Are you eagerly waiting for Him, looking for His coming, waiting to hold on to Him and proclaim to everyone that the Messiah has returned for me and for you, if only you too believe? Come and see...come and see the wonder of longing, the wonder of hope, the wonder of praise for a baby boy who is the King of every man, woman and child. Jesus is His name, who came as a baby in a manger, who bore the scars that made us whole. Whisper His name, long for Him just like Simeon and Anna, and let it consume you...Jesus...

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