Anna Meets Jesus, and Jesus Transforms Everything

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child [Jesus] to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:36–38 NIV

Lord Jesus, though eternal, by the calendar of your incarnation, you were just eight days old when Anna met you in the temple. There’s no way she could have imagined you came into the world to fulfill, and replace, temple worship forever. And quite literally, to transform everything.

By giving yourself for us on the cross, you fulfilled the entire sacrificial system, once and for all. It will never resume. Hallelujah! Not only is there now no condemnation handing over us, there is now full celebration and delight in us (Zeph. 3:14-17). For we are fully and eternally accepted by God in you. The sacrifice we make is one of praise, for you are the Lamb of God who has taken away our sin forever. We praise, bless, and adore you, Jesus.

Hallelujah, you have removed all spatial limitations on our worship of God. Because of what you have done for us, “true worshipers” are those who worship the Father in spirit and in truth—not just in one place, but in every place (John 4:21–26).

Because of you, Jesus, one Day the entire earth will be covered with the knowledge, beauty, and fullness of God’s glory. The final “sanctuary” will be the entire new heaven and new earth. Every creature and all creation will be liberated for the praise of your glory and grace (Rev. 4-5). That Day cannot get here too soon.

Until then, Jesus, may the gospel of grace free us to worship God more whole-heartedly, passionately, and faithfully. May your beauty and bounty continue to topple all the idols of our hearts. So very Amen we pray, in your most wonderful and merciful name.

from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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