“She (Anna) came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.”
Luke 2:38 (Anna the Prophet’s name added)
How did you react the first time you heard that Jesus was born to rescue us from our sins and to give us new life in Him? Joy? Gladness? Or no emotion at all?
In today’s story we learn of the prophet Anna who was daily found in the temple praying and fasting. In fact she never left the temple. She knew that one day a Saviour would come to rescue her people from persecution and to restore Jerusalem (Israel) as a sacred place of worship. As soon as Ana saw Jesus, she began praising God, because she knew that the child with Mary and Joseph was the One who would set her people free. So great was her excitement that she told everyone about it.
When you have been expecting good news and it finally arrives, our reactions are of such joy that we want to tell the whole world about it; so it was with Anna. Our excitement should be the same. We know that a Saviour did come to set people free. He did come to liberate. His liberation was far more powerful than just freedom from political powers but freedom from sin, freedom from the enemies grasp and freedom to be who God created us to be. That Saviour was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And we are all part of His great plan. That is worth rejoicing about, right?