For the next few days I would like to share some thoughts that I gained from this Christmas.
Waiting. That is a big part of Christmas. Waiting for the season to come. Waiting until it is time to decorate. Waiting until guests arrive. Waiting for the time to open presents.
This waiting, although it is exciting, is for something temporary. Eventually the tree and decorations are put away. The guests leave. The gifts are used up, broken, lost or set aside. The season changes so that there is nothing to remind you of Christmas.
In the Christmas story there are two people who waited. What they waited for was eternal. The two people I am thinking of were Simeon and Anna.
And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
and this man was righteous and devout,
looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
At that very moment [Anna] came up and began giving thanks to God,
and continued to speak of Him
to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Simeon was waiting for “the consolation of Israel.” Consolation means comfort such a person gives in response to another person’s grief. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. He can be the Comforter because there is Someone who can give the ultimate comfort. That person was the one Simeon held in his hands – Jesus.
Anna and others were waiting for “the redemption of Jerusalem.” This redemption is possible because of a Redeemer. The Redeemer is the One Anna was thanking God for – Jesus.
It is easier for us to wait because we have the complete Scriptures. We can find the answers that we need in God’s Word. We can read that our salvation is possible because of what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross for our sins and that our salvation can make us completely His. This waiting will bring us eternal rewards that can never be destroyed or lost.
My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
We wait, not for something intangible, but we wait for a real Person who is coming again.
For our citizenship is in heaven,
from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
What are you waiting for? Every day we wait for something. We wait for answers. We wait for pay checks. We wait for family or friends. We wait, but are we waiting for the One who can answer our questions, who gives eternal rewards, who “will never leave us or forsake us”? Read the Bible. Your waiting does not have to be long.