Sermon preached on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Garden Valley Chapel during our Christmas Eve Service; Luke 2:36-38.
Take your Bible if you will and open it to the second chapter of Luke´s Gospel.
Despite the clear testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ in the OT only a small, believing remnant in Israel were prepared to recognize Him when He arrived.
Among them was an old couple, Zacharias and his barren wife, Elizabeth, who became the parents of Messiah´s forerunner (Luke 1:5ff.).
Also a part of that small believing remnant was a young couple just beginning their life together, Joseph and Mary (Luke 1:34-35).
All of them were humble people, far from the elite circles of Jewish thought, education, or religion. Yet they were chosen by God for monumental service in connection with the birth of the Messiah.
Here in Luke´s Gospel, specifically in vv. 36-38, Luke introduces to us one more member of the believing remnant. A woman named Anna.
It is while Joseph and Mary are in the temple, that they meet another Israelite whose life exemplified both godliness and faith.
Read Luke 2:36-38.
36And 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; 37And 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. 38And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (KJV)
|« Testifying to God's Salvation, Pt. 1||None||Testifying to God's Salvation, Pt. 2 »|