Archive for March 12th, 2018

Do you notice how many times this short passage mentions fulfilled promises? The shepherds received news on the hillside and, sure enough, when they went to look, there Jesus was, “just as they had been told.”

The name ‘Jesus’ was determined before He had even been conceived. Simeon had lived his whole life under the words that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Anna lived in the Temple itself, waiting and waiting. If she hadn’t known what she was waiting for, she certainly did when Jesus came that day.

Does your heart lift as mine does at God’s commitment to His word? The reminder that those words in Isaiah 55: 10-11 are utterly dependable?

As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

The shepherds had no idea that God could speak to them, nor that they had a unique reason for being spoken to. But, responsible as they were for the Bethlehem flock, which produced the Passover Lamb, they alone could know the significance of finding Jesus laying in the manger – the place reserved for the spotless lamb born for sacrifice. See how God attends to the detail!

Mary treasured these details, mulling over them as she must have done from the moment the angel Gabriel commissioned her. Things seemingly too overwhelming to grasp were coming to pass before her eyes. And this was just the start…

Simeon was so convinced that the Holy Spirit had promised him sight of the Messiah that he went into the Temple so as not to miss it. Are we in the right place to see our promises fulfilled? Are we looking in the right direction? Keeping our focus? Holding on tight in the face of repeated ‘no-shows’? And notice that, in receiving his fulfilled promise, Simeon passes a prophetic baton onto Mary. There is always more to come!

Anna may have believed herself too old, past it, overlooked; but, no. If God has said it, He will do it. It’s never too late.















Lord, speak to me afresh today, and increase my faith and hope in all your promises

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