The Christmas advent season is a season of waiting, of patiently looking forward to the celebration of the first coming of our Lord and Saviour. We live in an age of instant gratification and the art of waiting has been almost totally forgotten. We’ve been called the microwave generation. We love fast food and fast internet connection. We want to break open the ripe fresh fruit when the seeds have hardly been planted. Yet, I know of hardly anyone who doesn’t enjoy the season of advent. Christians will spend the next few weeks waiting and looking forward to celebrating the wonderful news that God sent His Son into the world to save sinners.
Simeon had waited his whole life to see his Saviour; in Luke 2:29-30, after taking baby Jesus in his arms, he proclaimed, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation". What wonderful words! Clearly, seeing his Saviour was worth the wait. Of course, in a way, the whole Christian life is an advent. Our whole life is like the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s a longing for the day, that is certainly drawing near, of His second coming. We, like Simeon, are also waiting with hope for the day when we shall see our Saviour.
Grace Point has recently celebrated two significant events in the life of our church: a Christmas Banquet and a Baptism Service. At the Christmas Banquet we began our corporate, month-long, period of patient-anticipation for Christmas Day, when we’ll celebrate Christ coming to save us from the penalty of sin. At the Baptism Service we heard and saw two of our brothers publicly join us in life-long waiting for Christ’s second coming, when we’ll rejoice in Christ saving us from the presence of sin. I hope you enjoy a child-like anticipation for Christmas this season and an equally hope-filled expectation for Christ’s return in every season. “All who wait for Him, will not be put to shame ” Psalm 25:3.
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