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The text before us today gives us the account of Jesus’ earthly parents bringing Him to the Temple for an ordained time of consecration. His parents are doing for Him all that “was customary under the law.” (verse 27) This would have been some 40 days after His birth. In this experience further revelation is made known as to who Jesus is. This recognition is made by a man named Simeon, who was righteous and devout and looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and a woman named Anna, righteous in her own right, being one who stayed in the Temple Complex to pray. In other words, both of these, fully aware of the Prophets’ message of the coming of Messiah, longed to one day be alive to see that Messiah.
Being prepared while waiting a long time.