Simeon knew that he wouldn’t die until he had seen the Messiah and on the day that Mary, Joseph and Jesus visited the temple in Jerusalem for their purification offering, God led him to the temple. As he arrived, he saw Jesus and miraculously he knew that this baby was the Messiah and so he took him in his arms and prayed:
“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!”
As this was happening, Anna came along and began to praise God and to give thanks for this child who was the Messiah.
The Bible tells us that Anna’s husband had died after they had been married for seven years and she then lived in the temple until she was 84.
The language of Simeon’s prayer implies he was elderly and both he and Anna knew that the Messiah was coming but they also knew that they had been waiting a really, really, really long time for his arrival
What are we waiting for?
Are you waiting for an answer to a specific prayer or for a miracle to happen? Perhaps you are waiting for a change in circumstances or for you to know what to do next.
Anna and Simeon had both waited a long time, but both of them also had been talking with God regularly for a long time.
Instead of waiting in isolation from God getting frustrated, they were waiting with God and getting excited!
They knew that the Messiah would bring salvation, life and hope and so they were waiting expectantly!
In our waiting, will we turn to and talk with God and let him lead us?
Ironically, if Simeon and Anna hadn’t been listening to God then they would have missed what they were waiting for!
You can read the full account of Simeon Anna and Jesus in Luke 2 from v22-38.
This is a part of a series of short thoughts for advent to help us to consider the events surrounding the birth of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. You can look at the other advent reflections by clicking here.