As we study the birth of our Savior, we’ve already seen many witnesses to His glory and divine identity. We’ve heard from the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:14-17) who told of the coming of the Messiah to both Zachariah and Mary (Luke 1:31-33). John the Baptist, while still unborn, leaped for joy in the presence of the unborn Savior in Mary’s womb (Luke 1:41). Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit recognized that pregnant Mary was carrying Israel’s Messiah (Luke 1:43). Zachariah the priest, filled with the Holy Spirit also prophesied of the arrival of Messiah (1:27-79). The angels before the shepherds in the field proclaimed the birth of the Savior of the world (Luke 2:10-14). Finally, the Shepherds, after they saw the baby Jesus spread the word of the Savior’s birth (Luke 2:16-17).
In today’s text we are introduced to two more fascinating witnesses, one man / one woman, who give testimony to Jesus the Christ in a very unique way…
At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So, when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter ofPhanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She 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 2:25–38, NLT)
May the Lord also give us the ability to effectively testify of the Messiah! Pastor Mike