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His Redeeming Value (3 of 4)
We are in the middle of the Christmas season and also in the middle of our sermon series entitled, "The Messiah". Today's message talks about His redeeming value.
Our text for today comes from Luke 2:36-38. Turn with me there to the second chapter of Luke
About forty days after Christ's birth He was brought to the temple to be presented to the Lord as the law required according to Exodus 13 and Leviticus 12. Here in Luke starting in verse 36 we read...
Luke 2:36-38 (NASB95)
"36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem."
Anna devoted herself to "serving God by worship" through fastings and prayers while waiting for the appearing of God's promised Messiah.
God's timing is always perfect. Anna came up just as Simeon was praising the Lord for the Child Jesus, so she joined in the song! I would like to have heard these faithful people singing in the temple!
Their praise was inspired by the Spirit of God, and God accepted it. But Anna did much more than sing; she also spread the Good News among the other faithful members of "the remnant" who were waiting for the redemption of Israel. The excitement began to spread as more and more people heard the Good News."
- Adapted from the Bible Exposition Commentary
Today I want to focus on what Anna focused on. Anna went about telling those who were waiting and anticipating the Messiah that redemption was here.
I want to begin by clarifying the word redemption which comes from the word "redeem".
Webster's Dictionar ...
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