Sunday December 23 - "Anticipation"

posted Jan 3, 2013, 11:45 AM by Andy Koetz

Remember when you had no idea what you were getting for Christmas? As a child we asked for a catalogue of gifts but never knew just WHAT gifts would arrive and which would not. And that great tradition of Christmas ensued: Waiting. Oh the tension of it all. Hoping. Expecting. Anticipating. Dreaming. And yet not knowing. Will the Red Rider BB Gun™ be under the tree? Will Christmas morning ever get here?

 For centuries people have been waiting for Christmas. No, not the waiting we did as kids, but rather the anticipation of that first Christmas, the advent of Jesus. The prophets had foretold the coming of the Messiah. There was no doubt about what would arrive. A King. A Savior. A Priest. In this case the anticipation of Jesus was not about the what, but the IF and WHEN. So they waited. Oh the tension of it all. Hoping. Expecting. Anticipating. Dreaming. And yet not knowing. Would Christmas and all that it promised ever arrive?

 And now we are adults at Christmas. Well, at least on the outside we are. That child portion of us that has trouble with waiting still seems to exist inside. The stakes have changed. Life is no longer about toy trucks and Barbie Dolls. It is about much more difficult hopes. We wait for relationships to heal, for finances to recover, for illness to abate, for hearts to mend. As followers of Jesus we do not wait to see what he can do or if and when he will do it. We anticipate HOW. So we wait. Oh the tension of it all. Hoping. Expecting. Anticipating. Dreaming. And yet not knowing. How will Jesus ever deliver on his promises and love to me?

 But Christmas always comes! The morning of December 25 has dawned every year over 2000 times now. Jesus is never late either. He is always on time. He fulfills our Hopes. While He may seem to be silent and distant and we doubt if he will show up at all, He does. He arrives just as we were expecting. When life and its needs seem too difficult for any Christmas gift to solve, Jesus delivers the gift of grace we have been anticipating.

 Jesus advent. Immanuel. Our Hope. Our Expectation. Our Anticipation.

 Have a blessed Christmas.  pds

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