Christmas is a season of waiting… one of anticipation.
It always has been.
That first Christmas long ago was heralded by an angel. He told Zechariah his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son to announce the coming messiah. When Zechariah questioned the angel, he was struck dumb.
Elizabeth and Zechariah awaited their newborn son and the return of Zechariah’s voice.
Then there was Mary. Mary was also visited by an angel. She waited not just for the birth of her son, but also for Elizabeth’s child. She also waited for everyone to find out she was unwed and pregnant.
Waiting isn’t always a happy anticipation.
The wisemen waited while they traveled.
The shepherds waited to see what the angels had told them about.
Have you ever wondered how they felt when they found Jesus?
He was announced by a multitude of angels, and found lying in the hay. For all appearances, he was a normal baby boy. Do you think the shepherds were a little let down?
Do you ever feel let down at Christmas?
Do you ever feel let down by Jesus?
Life isn’t insta-perfect when we become Christians.
I remember singing King of My Heart one Sunday. My head hurt so bad, when we got to the chorus, “You’re never gonna let me down.” I had to stop. I felt let down by Jesus in that moment.
So what do we do when we feel let down by Jesus?
We praise him anyways.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Maybe you feel let down, like I did, because you’re still in the waiting. I was. I was waiting for my head to stop hurting.
You might be waiting for a child to come to Christ, or a prodigal to come home.
You may be waiting for a promotion at work or a deal to go through.
We are all waiting for something.
Another thing we are waiting for is the second advent. The second coming of Christ.
Christ will come again.
Christmas is all about the waiting. It’s about hope.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.ROMANS 8:24-25
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.ROMANS 5:5
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”REVELATION 21:4-5
That’s what we’re waiting for this Christmas and always.