Luke 2:36-40 Anna And Journeying By Faith.

The angel and angelic host bore witness, as did the shepherds, Zacharias and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, and Simeon. Now there is Anna the prophetess, a widow, also bearing witness to Jesus as the promised One (v. 36). She also was a faithful child of promise, “who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” (v. 37 Cf. I Tim. 5:5). She gave thanks and confessed to any who would hear, that Jesus was the one who would bring redemption to His people (v. 38 Cf. Mk. 15:43).

Luke makes the point again, that Jesus’ parents “performed all things according to the law of the Lord.” (v. 39) Only then did they return to their home in Nazareth. This shows that there are times when we must actually count the cost of being faithful. Their journey to Bethlehem was in response to a political decree, but their journey to the temple was a journey of faith. “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (v. 40 Cf. v. 52) Unlike us, Jesus favour or grace was merited.

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