12 Christmas Characters: Anna

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

Anna was a prophetess and was waiting to see the Messiah. She was married for only 7 years before her husband died and she became a widow. The Bible says that day and night she worshipped, fasted and prayed at the temple. The temple in those days was very similar to a church.

At the time that Joseph and Mary brought their baby, Jesus, to the temple, she was at least 84 years old. When she saw baby Jesus, she praised God. She then began telling everyone that He was the one they had hoped for and Jesus was the one who would redeem Jerusalem.

I hope it can be said of me that I worshipped God all the time and that I told everyone that Jesus came to save us. What a great truth to think about, Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer! 

You can read this story in: Luke 2:36-38