Text: Luke 2:36-38
In the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ we are probably familiar with the shepherds, the wise men, Mary, and Joseph, but Anna is a lady that doesn’t make it in the manger scene. She is there when Jesus Christ is a baby and brought to the temple. There is not a lot written about Anna, but there is much said about Anna in what is written. Ten to twelve details are given about Anna’s life that describe the incredible character of this woman.
- The first thing of note is that Anna is a prophetess. That means she had a reputation for giving good godly counsel. Like Deborah who is a prophetess in the old testament.
- A focussed life indicates someone living with a goal in mind.
- An athlete in training.
- A musician preparing.
- A saint looking for the coming of Jesus Christ.
- She learned to love the Lord first.
- After her husband died, she didn’t remarry.
- She spent all her time in the temple.
- 1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
- She saw her desire come to fruition.
- Anna poured her life into the Lord’s work and it paid off.
Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God’s eternal day.
Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We’re tossed and driven on, no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav’n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in prayer.
Life’s day will soon be o’er, all storms forever past,
We’ll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We’ll share the joys of heav’n – a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we’ll lay our burden down.
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.