Christmas is coming, and I can’t wait. Do you know what you will get for Christmas? Is it difficult to wait and wait for that special day to arrive? Our culture makes waiting a challenge, doesn’t it? After all, we don’t normally have to do much waiting for the things we want. There is fast food, instant credit, movies on demand, microwave meals, music downloads, more check-out lines open for Christmas shoppers, and so much more to make it possible for us to get what you want when we want it. No waiting.
I can’t imagine what it was like for the Old Testament believer who was waiting for Jesus. From the very first promise in the garden of Eden they were waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting for God to keep his promise and send the Savior all humanity needed. Adam and Eve were waiting and perhaps may have thought their first son was the Savior. Abraham waited until he was 100 years old before he saw the line of the Savior continue in the birth of his son. Moses waited as he told Israel about the Savior to come. The people of Israel waited as little by little God revealed more and more about his plan of salvation.
Finally, thousands of years after God’s first promise, the waiting was over. God kept his promise. He sent the Savior we needed. For us there is no waiting. Our Savior is here. We have grace on demand, instant forgiveness, an always open line to God. All that is left to wait for is the celebration!
Please join me as we celebrate.