“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
As Jesus is taken to the temple on the eighth day after His birth, He is seen by Anna and Simeon, two people who had been waiting for Him their entire lives. They both rejoice at the sight of Jesus as they recognize that He is the Messiah who they have been waiting for.
We see similar rejoicing today when a person places their faith in Jesus. The thing that they had been missing in life is finally discovered. The guilt of their sins is lifted away. The joy of salvation overflows from a new Christian.
After we’ve been Christians for a while, we often lose some of the excitement that we first had when we were saved. Perhaps we feel the same about our salvation, but the newness of it is worn off.
Anna and Simeon are examples and reminders of the joy of our salvation. They had waited their entire life for the Savior and they were overjoyed when they finally saw the baby Jesus. If at no other time of the year, at Christmas we should reflect upon the joy that is in our lives because Jesus came into the world as a little baby.