And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshipping with fasting and prayer night and day. And 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 2:36-38)
Good news is always worth repeating.
Imagine…we are in dire straits and in desperate need of help. We see that help on the horizon, and we know we will be saved. What a sense of relief. How our hearts would thump at the thought of salvation.
Who would we praise? Who would we tell?
Anna was very faithful. She had spent the majority of her life in the temple, devoting her time to worship the living God. As a prophetess, Anna had a very good understanding of her need for redemption and waited many years, along with others such as Simeon, for God’s salvation.
After seeing the Christ child, Anna gave thanks to God and spread the word to those who were waiting for their Saviour.
A few weeks earlier, shepherds had sought the baby in the manger to see for themselves the things the angels had told them. After seeing baby Jesus, their joy knew no bounds. They praised and glorified God and spread the good news about the Saviour, Christ the Lord.
Here, the good news is repeated: Jesus Christ is born!