It may sound an odd question “ARE YOU TRULY WAITING?”… “Are we truly waiting for the Lord?” is a more specific question
It may come as a surprise to some, but it is one of Jesus’ commands to all of us … not only to go out to all the earth and make disciple… but to wait for His coming again. Let us take a close look at someone in the Holy Scriptures who was doing just that …waiting for the Christ…truly waiting.
I am totally in awe of Simeon LK 2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. He was truly waiting patiently for the coming of the Lord … the Messiah…the consolation of Israel… Please note (all of you who have an axe to grind with the Jews) that this Jew had the HOLY SPIRIT even before Pentecost!!!
Now when forty days had passed, after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had to present Him to God in the temple, together with a sacrifice of two turtledoves or baby pigeons; the Holy Spirit had told Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Christ; so when Simeon saw Jesus, he knew exactly who He was, and lifting Him up in his arms, he blessed God, saying…
2:29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
2:31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
2:32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
“A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles”; those were powerful words in those days especially inside the temple, where no Gentile could set foot… Jesus has already revealed His salvation to us Gentiles; we now await the revelation of His glory to His people Israel.( The Jews)
There was also a prophetess, Anna, who was over 100 years old, who joined Simeon in the praising of the infant Jesus.
2:38 And coming in that instant she [Anna] gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
It is very interesting to note that the original Greek word for ‘looked’ in the foregoing text also translates as ‘waiting patiently’. So there were folks in Jerusalem who were waiting patiently for the Messiah… whether or not Simeon had informed them, we are not told… but waiting patiently they certainly were.
Amos tells us 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
Daniel tells us 2:28 “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets,
Could there be people alive today whom God has given the secret of the coming of His Son as ‘King of kings and Lord of lords’ and are they patiently waiting, like Simeon… not knowing the exact date, but certainly the epoch. Let us consider the words of Paul to young Timothy 2TM 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
I don’t know where you stand at this moment in your walk with the Lord …but I certainly want that Crown of Righteousness …Jesus Himself says…
MT 16:27 “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Are you eligible for that crown?
As you meditate upon that wondrous day when Jesus was born, are you also contemplating and patiently awaiting His return?
There is no better time than right now to spread the Gospel; why not do it?