Saturday, December 27, 2008

Lessons from Simeon and Anna

In Luke 2:25-38, we read the story of Simeon and Anna. They both served the Lord wholeheartedly for their whole life and we see them rewarded by God for their faithfulness in being allowed to see the Messiah before their death. I can't imagine the joy and peace this must have brought to them! They proclaimed to all who would listen of their Messiah's coming.

Simeon's Statement
Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

As I read this statement, my heart was broken at the thought of how God left Heaven to come to earth and die for me and you. Also, can you imagine the pain Mary must have felt as she watched her first born hanging on the cross? She was called, not only to bear the Messiah, but also to watch His death. What joy she must have felt, though when He conquered death, giving us salvation and the way to eternal life!

This passage caused me to remember that God blesses those who serve Him, that I need to be a witness, and reminded me of our Savior's sacrifice to save our hearts from sin.

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Sacrifice is part of serving our Lord, yet so many are looking for fun and excitement. Our churches have gotten far away from the life of sacrifice and replaced it with programs and fun. But each one of us can serve him as he wants us to. It is a choice we all make. I want to serve him with a servant's heart. Obedience and sacrifice draws us closer to God.