Seeing the Unexpected

Have you ever thought it would be nice to see something you have never seen before? Would you like to see someone more powerful than you can imagine? How does the idea of prophecy sound to you? Can you imagine how Anna felt when she saw the Messiah?

It is likely we all have dreamt of seeing something no one else has seen at some point in our lives. There is something exhilarating about it. We dream of it anxiously and with trepidation. We think it will be exciting and a bit frightening.

Some people spend their whole lives looking for something no one else has seen. Some look for it through science, attempting to discover something new about the human body or animal life or the earth. Some look toward the stars, hoping to discover a new star or comet or maybe even a new galaxy.

The prophet Anna was not necessarily looking for something new, but she saw something new anyway. As a prophet, she had prophesied about God’s plan—even if we are not told what her prophecies were. She did not expect to see God right in front of her. But that day in the temple she saw him as a babe in Mary’s arms. She knew exactly who she was looking at when she saw him and immediately told those around her who he was.

She also knew what it meant for him to be in the world. He was bringing redemption to Jerusalem, Israel, and the entire world. He had come to take away our sins. He came to call all people to himself. And Anna knew all of it the very moment she laid eyes on him.

I pray we all see Jesus as Anna saw Him. I pray we see Him as our Lord and Savior. I pray each one of us tell everyone in our sphere of influence who Jesus is and what He means to the world. See Jesus as Lord and Savior. See Jesus as God. Tell others about Jesus. Tell them He will redeem them.

Luke 2:36a, 38 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old;… Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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