The Messiah Anna Longed For

And Anna Saw Jesus
12/25/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Susan Lyttek

Luke 2:36-38 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and was a widow for 84 years. She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. 38 At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. (HCSB)

For the last sixty days, we have walked alongside Anna. We have learned a bit of what it was like to be a widow in her time. We have seen the touch of God in her family tree—preservation of the line of Asher through the repentance of a few. Through her eyes, we watched the construction of Herod’s temple. We also saw the priests, scribes and Levites who walked past her day in and day out.

More importantly, though, we have re-read and studied some of the prophecies that fueled Anna’s passion and hunger for the redemption of Jerusalem.

‘That very moment’, whatever moment it might be, Anna would speak to anyone who would listen about the promised Messiah, the hope of Israel. She spoke of Him—first of the promise before she saw the babe, but then of Jesus himself once she knew.

And Anna knew. Whether through prophecy, divine insight, meeting with people who came to the temple, or a combination of all of these, Anna knew that Jesus was the Christ. It was because she acknowledged the fact that she spoke to all.

Only those who longed for the redemption heard, but that didn’t stop her from speaking.

Nor should it stop us in our day. We have the whole of Scripture at our disposal. On this Christmas Day, and every day, let us speak of the true redemption of Jerusalem in that future and perfect world.

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.

Share This Blog:



And Anna Saw Jesus
12/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Mary and Elizabeth... with Anna
12/24/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

It Had to be Bethlehem
12/23/2014 12:11:08 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

David's Sons
12/22/2014 8:09:18 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Witness for the Widow
12/21/2014 9:59:58 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

A Priest Anna Could Love
12/20/2014 6:48:17 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Kings and Carpenters
12/19/2014 3:40:02 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

The New Covenant
12/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Messiah's Purpose
12/17/2014 9:25:23 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

God Himself Will Bring Salvation
12/16/2014 5:04:47 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Fast God Desires... For real
12/16/2014 9:53:19 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Fast God Desires
12/15/2014 8:11:20 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Seek the Lord
12/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna's Future
12/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Deceiving Appearances
12/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

A Light to the Nations
12/11/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Keys to the Prison
12/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Gentle Justice
12/9/2014 1:57:03 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Kinship for the Meek and Lowly
12/8/2014 8:20:43 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Speak Comfort
12/7/2014 6:59:09 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Questioning the Potter
12/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Pain of Separation
12/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

A Matter of Time
12/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

No Longer Alone
12/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Spirit of the Messiah
12/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Root of Jesse
12/1/2014 8:34:43 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Learning the Name of His Son
11/30/2014 8:03:19 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Son Given
11/29/2014 8:36:39 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Light of Redemption
11/28/2014 10:20:10 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

When Anna Met Mary
11/27/2014 8:52:40 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna and Babylon
11/26/2014 8:29:05 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Halfway with Anna
11/25/2014 3:02:49 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Looking Towards the Redemption of Jerusalem
11/24/2014 9:38:30 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna's Heritage, Conclusion
11/23/2014 8:02:19 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna's Heritage, Part two
11/22/2014 9:00:27 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna's Heritage
11/21/2014 9:16:45 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Word Anna Saw
11/20/2014 8:22:50 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Future Priest King
11/19/2014 6:21:16 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Endless Love Costs
11/18/2014 7:53:28 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Looking Towards Redemption
11/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Precious in His Sight
11/16/2014 7:59:08 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna's Reproach
11/15/2014 9:20:12 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

History around Anna and the Temple
11/14/2014 10:12:50 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Out of the Mouths of Babes
11/13/2014 7:39:17 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Where Was Her Family?
11/12/2014 7:46:25 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Sacrifices at the Time of Christ
11/11/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna and New Parents
11/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Anna's Temples
11/9/2014 8:31:40 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

Temple vs. the Messiah part two
11/8/2014 10:02:46 PM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Temple vs. The Messiah
11/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Curse of the Widow
11/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Faith to See
11/5/2014 6:56:11 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

The Plight of the Widow
11/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Did Anna See the Star
11/3/2014 7:27:15 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

According to the Law
11/2/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Who Anna Was Created to Be
11/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

October 31, Hope
10/31/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

October 30, Read Genesis 17:19
10/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

Start Making Things Right, Genesis 3
10/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

October 28, 2014, Read Genesis 3:15
10/28/2014 7:19:30 AM  by: Susan Lyttek

October 27, 2014, Who Was Anna
10/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Susan Lyttek