This week, we complete our short series of challenging messages on “The Women of Christmas”. If there’s one thing that’s become clear through this series it’s this: GOD LOVES WOMEN!
This week, we will discuss several women’s issues as presented in the Christmas story, with a focus on the passage depicted in this 1627 painting by Rembradt, titled “Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus”.
Through our Bible passage this week, we see Mary’s incredible faithfulness to meet all the requirements of the Law, even though her family was quite poor.
We also get to hear Simeon’s prophetic words about Jesus’s great destiny to reaveal the glory of God to the nations. The prophet pauses to reflect on how this will affect the young mother Mary, as many will love her son, but some will hate him. Jesus will bring Mary her greatest joy in life—and also her greatest pain.
We are also introduced to a wonderful woman by the name of Anna, who was a very old woman with a strong devotion to God. After being widowed by her husband only seven years into her marriage, she had spent the rest of her life worshipping in the Temple, fasting, and praying. And now at the ripe old age of eighty-four, she was finally realizing the blessing of seeing what she had been waiting for all these years: the Savior Jesus was born!. And she couldn’t help herself but share the news with the whole city of Jerusalem!
Come and share with us as we open up the Bible and see what God says about women through this incredible story.
If you would like to read ahead, feel free to take a look at Luke 2:21-40.