4A Reason to Celebrate: Simeon’s Response
Simeon prayed to see the salvation of
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his nation and people would be revealed.
And, his God allowed him to see the answer to his earnest prayers . . . in baby
miraculous celebration in our own lives.
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem,
whose name was Simeon, and this
man was righteous and devout, wait-
ing for the consolation of Israel, and
the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it
had been revealed to him by the Holy
Spirit that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
And he came in the Spirit into the
temple, and when the parents brought
in the child Jesus, to do for him ac-
cording to the custom of the Law, he
took him up in his arms and blessed
God and said, “Lord, now you are
letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word; for my eyes
have seen your salvation that you
have prepared in the presence of all
peoples, a light for revelation to the
Gentiles, and for glory to your people
Israel”(Luke 2: 25-32).
5A Reason to Celebrate: Anna’s Response
“And there was a 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,
and then as a widow until she was
eighty-four. She did not depart from
the temple, worshiping with fasting
and prayer night and day. And coming
up at that very hour she began to give
thanks to God and to speak of him to
all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2: 36-38).
saw Jesus, she knew exactly Who He
I want to recognize Him.