At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him. (Luke 2:25, NLT)
Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36–38, NLT)
Anna and Simeon are what you would call a remnant. They were still waiting for God’s salvation of Israel long after most people had given up or decided to get along with the ruling powers. They were still waiting.
God enabled them to recognize that Jesus — just a baby — represented that salvation. Simeon prophesied about the child’s future, and that of his mother. Anna joined the shepherds as the first bunch of evangelists.
The salvation of Israel had come at last. And of the world.