Luke takes Jesus from the manger to the temple. In Luke’s Gospel, we learn of God’s confirmation of Jesus at His purification. Jesus is first greeted By Simeon a devout worshipper of God. God told Simeon He would not die until he met the Messiah. Simeon was very old–so, when the Lord revealed Jesus to Him, Simeon was overjoyed. God kept His word and revealed the Savior to this man of faith. Simeon blessed the Lord and blessed the Lord’s Mom! What a sight to behold.
Next, they met Anna the prophetess. She had been a widow for many years and worshipped God in the temple every day. The spirit revealed to her the identity of Jesus and Anna began to tell anyone who would listen that the Messiah had come. What a great sense of conformation that had to have been for Joseph and Mary. This young couple were raising God’s Son–by faith and with little support. But truth be told, they would learn that God was always there and would prepare, provide, and protect them and their Son the Savior.
As amazing as it was for Joseph and Mary, we receive the same personal attention from our Heavenly Father. He knows us and our journey. He is with us and prepares, protects, and provides for us just as He did for Jesus. We too are His children, and He loves us and cherishes the relationship we have with Him. We are not the Messiah, but we are part of His family. We need to cling to the wonder of each of our own journeys and trust Him to lead us through them with peace and power!
God Bless You
And rwhen the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem sto present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in tthe Law of the Lord, u“Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in tthe Law of the Lord, v“a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was wrighteous and xdevout, ywaiting for zthe consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not asee death before he had seen bthe Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when cthe parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and dblessed God and said,
faccording to your word;
31 ithat you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 ja light for revelation to the Gentiles,
33 And mhis father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed nfor the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign othat is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was pa prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.6 She did not depart from the temple, qworshiping with rfasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were swaiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.