Advent Devotion, Monday 4 December 2017
Surprise! A Savior Is Coming! But…Wait!
By Lynda Lindsey
Pull us out of this mess, forgive us our sins—-do what you’re famous for doing! … Give groaning prisoners a hearing; pardon those on death row from their doom—-you can do it! Psalm 79:10-11 The Message
People will stream to it… saying, “Come, … let’s go to the Temple of Jacob’s God. He will teach us how to live. We’ll know how to live God’s way.” Micah 4:2 The Message
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2 NIV
Surprise….Jesus is coming! Joseph was astounded! Mary was astonished! As delighted as Mary was to be the Lord’s handmaiden, she, as all mothers must, waited nine months to hold her newborn. Mary and Joseph were speechless with surprise at the prophecy of Simeon regarding their newborn. Simeon had waited his lifetime for the Messiah, Israel’s Consolation. So Mary and Joseph waited. They waited out Herod’s evil plans in Egypt. They waited and searched for the twelve-year-old Jesus when He was lost on the way home from the Passover. Mary waited in sorrowing vigil at the foot of the cross.
The Israelites, suffering from their own sins as well as the sins of the nations around them, waited, longing for Messiah, for His consolation and comfort. They looked forward to that day. When that day comes, nations and people will stream into Jerusalem, hungering to know the Lord God and to walk in His paths. We will be taught of the Lord. We will know Him as He is, our, “Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” That day will come, as surprising as a thief in the night, but we must wait.
Messiah entered history as a tiny baby, grew to be a man, was crucified, died, buried, rose again, ascended into heaven, sits now with the Father interceding for us, and is one day coming again. It was foretold. It came to pass. Jesus has come. Jesus will come again. It was foretold. We wait for it to come to pass. The day, the time, the hour, that will all be a surprise. But that Jesus will come again is a certainty.
Advent, a time of waiting, watching, anticipating, longing. Walk confidently, joyfully! Celebrate! Come! Adore! Jesus, our Redeemer, our King, does what He’s famous for doing: He pulls us out of the messes we make, forgives our sins, gives us groaning prisoners a just hearing, and pardons the death row prisoners. A surprise is coming! It is not yet. But it will be. Prepare. Persevere. Wait! He is coming again and He is worthy of the wait.