WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS...
As a child, the anticipation for Christmas Day can almost be too much to bear. As each package is added under the tree, the excitement builds and builds until FINALLY - Christmas Day is here!
One of the oft overlooked figures in the Christmas story is Simeon. Luke 2:25-35 records the story of this Holy man whose entire life was tied up in anticipation of one event. Like a child eagerly waiting for THE day, Simeon lived in anticipation of the day we now call CHRISTMAS. Simeon was completely focused on seeing the Savior with his own eyes. When Mary and Joseph entered the Temple courts Simeon took the baby Jesus into his arms and praised God. He said, "now I can die in peace, my life is complete!" (my paraphrase)
This Christmas, let's be like Simeon. Let every Christmas Carol, every Christmas event and gathering, every present shared - let all of it remind us that Christ the Savior was born some 2,000 years ago. As our anticipation builds for Christmas, let us remember the incredible Truth that one day, maybe a day very soon, Jesus is coming again!
As we live to celebrate the Savior and anticipate His sure return, this will be the Merriest Christmas ever!
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH IN WAHIAWA, HAWAII
Pastor Steve Gray