“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.”
Anna is one of the women of the Bible that is often overlooked.
Her story is found within what we refer to as “The Christmas Story” in Luke 2.
Only three verses are written about her; yet, she is a great example of who we should all strive to be.
“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.”
Even in her old age, she was faithful.
She faithfully served God night and day in the temple.
Anna was devoted to serving the Lord.
“and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”
But before she spake of Him to others, she thanked Him.
She knew He was coming soon.
She wanted to share the Good News with those who needed redemption.
Her faith would soon become sight as she saw Jesus, and she would spend the rest of her days telling others about Him.
Though she was looking for His first coming, does her story not sound like how we should be today?
He is coming again soon.
This time He will not be found as a baby in a manger, but rather as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Soon it will be too late to receive Him as Saviour.
What a privilege we have to be entrusted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
With that great privilege comes a humbling responsibility.
How often do we take the Gospel for granted?
If we are not faithfully sharing the Good News with others, do we really know Him?
We cannot speak of Someone we do not know.
Thank Him for the opportunity to speak of Him today.
Thank Him that He made salvation possible.
Thank Him that He was willing to die for you.
Thank Him today for His first coming, then go tell someone else about why He came.
Ezekiel 19-20 | Psalm 98-99
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