As we lead into the third week of December, and as we’re only ten days out from Christmas, I thought I’d send a word of encouragement about “waiting.”
As a youngster, I remember eagerly anticipating Christmas morning (especially on Christmas Eve night). I almost couldn’t sleep for thinking of cool gifts and hauling all over the city to see various family members. While my anticipation was admittedly selfish (thinking about stuff I was going to get), it is also a great picture of where Israel was at the time of Christ’s birth. Anticipating. Expecting. Waiting.
Ever since the Fall of Man in Genesis 3, the Lord had promised a Savior that would give mankind victory over sin and death. The Lord promised in Isaiah 9:6:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Israel’s teachers and even Gentile religious scholars knew that Christ would soon come to save mankind. Even more to the point, from prophecy they knew the general time period when the Savior would come. That’s why the Magi (wise men) came from distant lands to present Him with gifts. Israel, for hundreds of years, had been anticipating, expecting, and waiting on the coming of their promised Savior!
Let’s skip ahead some 2,000 years to the present. We don’t have to deal with the waiting (thankfully). Christ has come and given us the greatest gift we’ll ever receive – eternal life through faith in Him! Take a little time this week to thank Him!
In Christ’s Service,