Jesus' Birth Is For Everyone
Dec 06, 2010 by Helene Dallaire | 0 Comments
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Luke 2:29-31, 36-38
What begins as an ordinary day for Simeon and Anna turns into an extraordinary one. As usual, Simeon rises up early and prepares to spend the day serving God. Led by the Spirit, Simeon makes his way to the
Coincidentally, the prophetess Anna happens to walk by. Moved by the Spirit, she breaks into praises to God, proclaiming boldly that the long awaited Messiah has finally come, the one whose advent had been foretold by prophets long ago (Isaiah 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 53; Zech 12:10). A reader of the text can easily imagine Simeon and Anna, two very old people, dancing for joy in the Temple court!
This story reveals a number of interesting contrasts and insights:
- Simeon and Anna were advanced in years. Jesus was a little baby. Salvation is for the young and the old.
- In the Mosaic Law, a woman who gives birth is required to offer a purification offering. In Luke, the Spirit orchestrates the events of the day. God gives the Law and the Spirit.
- Simeon, a righteous and devout man receives confirmation that Jesus is the awaited Messiah. Prophetess Anna, a woman, receives the same message. Men and women are welcome in God’s presence.
- Simeon makes his declaration inside the
. Anna proclaims the Good News outside. The gospel is for everyone inside and outside. Temple
May we join in celebration with Simeon and Anna, proclaiming boldly that the Messiah has come to redeem men and women, young and old, rich and poor, strong and weak. A Merry Christmas to all who will welcome Him in their lives!
Associate Professor of Old Testament