Anna’s Witness for Christ – My Daily Bread!
Our call to reflect on our Savior Christ Jesus is taken from John 1:14 which reads:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
During this Christmas season full of hustle and bustle, hardly a moment to stop and meditate on the true meaning of Christ becoming flesh and dwelling among us. But if there was ever a time to meditate on Him, it is now! Do we know that the mediations of our hearts are manifested in our outward expressions toward God? What we think and believe about His Son Christ Jesus is evident in how we live and what we say about Him. Do you believe that He can save you unto God? Anna, a woman of the Bible believed in God’s promise of a Savior and demonstrated acceptable praise and meditations about that promise.
Anna was an aged prophetess who was one of the cherished few blessed to recognize the Messiah when He was brought to the temple for dedication. Not much is known about her, other than she was the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher and that after seven years of marriage she became a widow. But the few words spoken about her let us clearly see how she felt about God and how God felt about her. Her story is told in Luke 2: 36-38 which says “and this women was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”
No doubt she prayed for the Savior which had been promised centuries ago and who the Israelites were eagerly awaiting. By this time, over 400 years had lapsed between the last spoken prophesies in Malachi and when the baby Jesus arrived on the scene. Anna’s ‘fasting and prayers night and day’ or the ‘meditations of her heart’ showed hope, faith and belief in God’s ability to save! Because of her faith the Lord choose to reward her with seeing the means of His salvation before she died. God was pleased with Anna! Note Anna’s reaction – first she expressed thanks to the Lord and then began to witness about Jesus!
Do you have a faith like Anna’s that allows you to experience the fullness of Christ Birth in your life today? Will you have a witness for Christ during this time of celebration of His birth? Will you like Anna rejoice in Him and sing His praises as long as you live? Anna got to see the extraordinary means of God’s salvation in the child Jesus because of her faithfulness to God. What will others believe based upon your expressions and meditations about Jesus? Will they learn of His grace and truth?
Prayer: Lord, I pray that the meditations of my heart are acceptable to You; that the outward expressions of my love for You cause rejoicing and others to believe on Your Son, the Savior Christ Jesus!
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