Event: Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple
When: Jesus as a Child
Scriptural Reference: Luke 2:22–39
The scripture says the when the days of Mary’s purification were accomplished, she and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to Jerusalem to “present him to the Lord,” according to the law.
Simeon Sees the Salvation of the Lord
When the family arrived at the temple in Jerusalem, they met a man named Simeon. The scriptures tell us that Simeon was a “just and devout” man, who had it “revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” (v. 26)
The scriptures tell us that Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God and said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: or mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (v. 29-32)
Then Simeon blessed Jesus, Mary, and Jesus and prophesied of the mission which the Savior would perform.
Anna, a Prophetess, Recognizes Jesus’ Divine Mission
The scripture also mentions at this time, that “there was one Anna, a prophetess” at the temple. She was a widow of about 84 years, and “departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” (v. 37)
The scripture says that upon seeing the baby Jesus, she “gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” (v. 38)
Then Jesus, Mary, and Joseph “returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.”