“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
Who likes waiting? Life is busy and no one likes to wait. We wait on all kinds of things. Waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting on people. Whenever we are waiting it is not fun. The Israelites did not like to wait either-—they were waiting for a King that would save them. They waited impatiently, and in some instances patiently, but they all longed for the Lord that would be their Redeemer.
That is what we celebrate this Christmas season, the coming of the Savior. We have the advantage of knowing the whole story, but those who watched Christ in his ministry were confused as they thought that he would reign on high forever on this Earth. They missed the signs. This was, not on the surface, the King that they had waited so long for. His message was radically different than what they were accustomed to. He did miraculous things and works, but did not do earthly, kingly things that they were expecting to see. They did not have the advantage of knowing God’s ultimate plan for His Son, as we do. They soon realized that what Jesus gave them was far greater than an any earthly king could give. He gave His life.
As we wait for the second coming of the Lord, we need to wait well. James 5:7-8 says it nicely: “Be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” We need to wait well and live like the Lord is returning tomorrow.
This Christmas season, take time to thank Him for coming as a baby and ultimately paying our penalty, and the promise of eternal life for us with Him. He has promised to return one day, and God always fulfills his promises. We don’t know what the future holds, but according to his Word, we know how the story ends. Thank him for the sacrifice he made, his promises, and that he loved you enough to die for you and defeat death. May the Lord bless you this Christmas season.