“And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity.” (Luke 2:36 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
It’s Christmas time again and the story of His coming into the world still excites me!
Reading about Simeon and Anna made me realize that how we respond to God’s presence will have a profound effect on all those present.
Simeon had waited so long for the promised One. When he saw Jesus face-to-face, He knew without a doubt this was the Messiah! He took Him in his arms and blessed God!
Reading on in verse 36, Anna came in and realized for herself that Israel’s redemption was in their midst. She began to give thanks. Our worship is so very important!
Prayer: Jesus, I worship You because You came into the world. My life will never be the same because of Your coming. Today, I want to worship You with new fervor because You alone are worthy of my praise! Amen!
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
Wise men traveled to where Jesus was in search of their Messiah. They brought the strangest gifts to shower Jesus with; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Not practical gifts for a baby. Strange gifts; unless they were to be given to a king. That’s exactly who He was; the newborn King!
These were wise men who knew who Jesus was so they brought appropriate gifts for their King. Unusual, but appropriate for Jesus! Upon seeing Him they immediately fell down and worshipped him first. I want to do the same this time of year.
Prayer: Lord, at this season, don’t let me forget to shower You with my worship and praise. For You are the reason for the season! Thank You for coming!
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” (Luke 2:20 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)
Who doesn’t like to be the first to hear good news? Reading the Christmas story brought joy and hope all over again to me. The birth of Jesus was an exciting time for the nation of Israel. And to think, a Savior came into the world so that we could have abundant life makes me rejoice too!
The shepherds were on-the-job tending their sheep when Heaven announced the birth of Jesus. They were the first to hear the good news. They may have been looked down on by most, but, not by the God of Glory! He wanted to make sure they were the first to hear the good news.
The ruling dignitaries knew nothing about His birth until much later.
This fact speaks volumes to me about the very nature of God. Every one of us are special and deserve His attention.
As soon as th shepherds heard they went looking for the Christ child. He knew they would act quickly and come meet Him face to face. The swelling emotion of their simple hearts caused them to glorify and praise God for what they had heard and seen.
Prayer: At this time of year Your birth means so much to me. I’m so glad to know the good news and to have You as my Savior!
Devotion by Kaye Singleton