Anna: Proclaimer of Christ

familyAnd coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.— Luke 2:38 (ESV)

To Read: Luke 2:22–38

Biblical Synopsis: Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord in accordance with the Mosaic law. Simeon, a man in the temple, took the babe in his arms and blessed him. Afterward, they met the pious woman Anna, who gave thanks and spoke of the Redeemer to all who would listen.

Application for Today: Anna’s story, encompassing only three verses, doesn’t give many details to her life. We don’t hear how she met her husband, or if she had any children, or even what she said.

But we do know the most important thing about her—she devoted her life to God and she proclaimed his redemption to as many people as she could.

The ESV states “she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

Though the nature of “began…to speak” may be ambiguous in the English translation, the Greek grammar suggests it was more than a singular occurrence. Her proclamation wasn’t just a one time deal but a lifestyle of proclaiming.

Long after we’ve come and gone the details of our lives will grow hazy in the records. But if you could choose one thing to be remembered for, may it be that you are a proclaimer of redemption.