Okay, okay, okay! I admit it! I don’t necessarily wait well! I mean if I fail to fill the gas tank on my car and out of no where hear the beep and I am on this long stretch of road without any gas stations, you won’t find me driving slow and taking it easy until I reach one. No, I am more likely to speed up! If I am going to run out of gas, I would just as soon as do it now than later. Let’s just deal with it. It is what it is!
Waiting can be hard! I can only imagine the wait of the Israelites for the promised Messiah. The longing in their hearts for His appearance. The hope that one day the Savior would come and set them free from captivity just as God had promised through Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15) was real.
God had given them so many great and precious promises regarding the Messiah, the Anointed One:
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).”
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7).”
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit (Isaiah 11:1).”
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This the name by which he will be called”The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
The Jews had no choice but to wait as they kept faith trusting God to be faithful to keep His promises and then one day the angel, Gabriel appears to Mary (Luke 6:26-33):
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
The angel appeared to Joseph as well (Matthew 1: ):
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
God promised to send a Savior and He did, His name is Jesus. Jesus promised that He could come again…and He will. There is no cut to the chase but there is a longing, there is hope. We do wait with eager anticipation and expectation, trusting that our loving God will fulfill every promise. It is said that there are well over 300 references to the return of Christ in the New Testament.
Revelation 1:5-8, “…from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood,
6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God
and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 22:20-21, “He who testifies to these things says,
“Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.“