Christmas is a time when we remember Jesus’s first coming. It is a familiar story to many of us. It is a true story for all of us. But it isn’t the end of the story for any of us.
You see, Jesus hasn’t come back. So we live waiting for the end of the story. We live longing for Jesus to come back to finish what he started. For our king to give us the kingdom he has promised. For our savior to wipe away our tears. For our healer to restore what is broken. For the good that swells in our hearts to be satisfied and the evil that threatens to undo us to be put to death.
Simply put, we are people in waiting. And if we are honest, we are also people who wrestle with doubt and disbelief. Yes, we open our hearts to hope. Yes, we believe Jesus is coming back. Yes, we know God is redeeming and life-giving. But in the long years of waiting, we experience dark shadows that cause us to wonder. Is God faithful? Is Jesus coming? Why all this waiting?
Jesus’ first coming reminds us that we are not alone in our waiting because on that first Christmas there were many who waited and questioned.
So this month on my blog I want to take us on a journey with those who waited for Jesus to come. I want us to sit in silence with Zechariah and Elizabeth. I want us to ponder with Mary. I want us to make plans with Joseph. And I hope that as we journey with these men and women of faith, we find the ability to wait well with all of our persistent longings and occasional doubting.
As we go through this season, remember, Jesus is coming back. So keep waiting for him. Keep trusting that the story isn’t over. Remember that God’s promises never fail and the Promised One never disappoints. One day we will see him. And until that day comes, wait for the light!
Oh, that salvation would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.