I love the story in Luke chapter 2 when the infant Jesus was being presented at the Temple. There were hundreds of babies in Jerusalem at that time, yet remarkably Simeon and Anna recognised Jesus. The story tells us that they were both filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit always reveals Jesus. I like the story, not just because they were both old, and God used them, giving me hope that God can still use me, but because they had both waited a long time to see the promise that God had given them fulfilled. The promise came in the person of Jesus, the light and hope of the world.
This week I spent time with the leadership team of the Scottish Network Churches. We had agreed to bring with us some of the promises or prophetic words that we had been given. It was a truly uplifting experience, as one after another shared, and we remembered together what God had done. Being reminded of the promises that had been fulfilled gave us all confidence that the promises that had yet to be fulfilled would be; both Simeon & Anna had spent the time waiting in prayer and worship, seeking the presence of God in the Temple, and they were not disappointed. God’s promises are certainties.
As we approach Christmas, let us do so with the same hope and expectation as Anna & Simeon, after all the light has come and we worship a promise keeping God.