Nativity: Simeon & Anna
This is the manuscript for the sermon I preached at West Bradenton Baptist Southside on Sunday December 15th, 2019
Today is the third Sunday of Advent and we are getting closer and closer to Christmas. It is during this time that we both look back at the greatest gift God has given to his people, which is Jesus Christ. It is also during this time that we look forward in anticipation for the day when Jesus returns to establish His Kingdom here on earth. However, in his second advent he will not come back as a child born in a humble manner to peasant parents, instead he will come back as the great and sovereign warrior King above of all kings and Lord over all lords.
In the past two weeks we have looked respectively both Mary and Joseph and the Shepherds and the Angels and the roles they all played in the first Advent of Jesus Christ. So far, we have looked at Jesus’ humble beginnings and the impact these beginnings have had on that first Christmas day.
Today we will continue to look at two individuals who played a role in the Christmas story, but they are not usually associated with the Nativity. However, both play a significant part in having a better understanding of the purpose of the Christmas story. Some of you may not recall these individuals at all, but I assure you the part they play in this story is significant and we can learn much from them. In our passage today we are introduced to and elderly man named Simeon and an elderly widow named Anna. Their story is told in 15 short verses in Luke chapter 2 and then we do not hear about either one ever again. Since their is story is short and they are never referenced again I have found that the preparations for today’s message a bit challenging, but in the end I believe that what we can all learn from these two elderly people should encourage us, because it is a reminder that God is never fully done with His children no matter what age or stage of life you are in.
Read Luke 2:21 – 38
Vs 21: “When 8 days were completed… circumcision.” – According to Jewish custom and Old Testament Law a male child was to be brought before the priest and circumcised.
(Read Genesis 17:12, 13)
Circumcision – (Hebrew Muwl) – To be cut off.
Vs. 22: “days of purification” – when a child was born a mother went through a time of ritual cleansing.
(Read Lev. 12:1 – 8)
Vs 23: “As written in the Law of the Lord” – Jesus’ parents were practicing Jews
(Read Deut. 15:19)
Vs 25: Simeon – We do not know much about Simeon, but here are some things we do know about him.
What We Know About Simeon (2:25 – 35)
Both Simeon and Anna were living in patient hope, where suffering had become a way of life.
How Can We Live in Patient Expectancy?
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 2:25). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
 Achtemeier, P. J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. (1985). In Harper’s Bible dictionary (1st ed., p. 830). San Francisco: Harper & Row.
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Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
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