it's now out in the open for everyone to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your people Israel.
Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words.
Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother, This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel, A figure misunderstood and contradicted -
the pain of a sword-thrust through you - But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are.
Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years
and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers.
At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.
When they finished everything required by God in the Law, they returned to Galilee and their own town, Nazareth.
There the child grew strong in body and wise in spirit. And the grace of God was on him. They Found Him in the Temple
Every year Jesus' parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)