Day Four: Revelation – To Praise & Thanksgiving

Luke 2:36-38 (NIV) – There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 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.

“The second prophetic witness in this section of Luke is Anna. She is merely introduced and her career summarized. In all likelihood, she is over a hundred years old, having served God faithfully with worship, prayer, and fasting for years. Sometimes our most productive years in spiritual service for God come after our most productive years of earthly toil. She has given herself full-time to a ministry of intercession. Like Simeon, she hopes for ‘the redemption of Jerusalem’ (v.38; Isa. 40:1; 49:13; 51:3; 57:18; 61:2) and tells others that the baby Jesus is a reason for praising and thanking God (Isa. 40:9; 52:9; 63:4). While her words are not recorded in Luke, her testimony makes everyone aware that God is doing something special in this child. Those who are faithful to God will hear her report and share in her praise.” [Darrell L. Bock, The NIV Application Commentary: Luke, page 94]

Anna’s beautiful response to the revelation of Jesus was praise and thanksgiving and she spoke about Jesus to all.

Response & Prayer: As Jesus is revealed to us in new ways this Christmas season, let’s pray that we will be filled with praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord, proclaiming who Jesus is to all around us.

Let’s close in worship to this song – “Noel” by Lauren Daigle (written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Matt Redman)

– EK