Advent 19: The Long Wait Until Christmas

Simeon knew that he wouldn’t die until he had seen the Messiah and on the day that Mary, Joseph and Jesus visited the temple in Jerusalem for their purification offering, God led him to the temple. As he arrived, he saw Jesus and miraculously he knew that he was the Messiah and so he took him in his arms and prayed:

“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” 

As this was happening, Anna came along and began to praise God and to give thanks for this child who was the Messiah.

The Bible tells us that Anna’s husband had died after they had been married for seven years and she then lived in the temple until she was 84.

The language of Simeon’s prayer implies he was elderly and both he and Anna knew that the Messiah was coming but they also knew that they had been waiting a really, really long time for his arrival

waiting-for-christmasYou may be thinking that  you have been waiting a long time for Christmas but that is nothing compared to the length of time that Simeon and Anna had been waiting.

What are we waiting for?

Are you waiting for an answer to a specific prayer  or for a miracle to happen? Perhaps you are waiting for a change in circumstances or for you to know what to do next.

Anna and Simeon had both waited a long time, but both of them also had been talking with God regularly for a long time.

Instead of waiting in isolation from God getting frustrated, they were waiting with God getting excited!

They knew that the Messiah would bring salvation, life and hope, it is no longer they were waiting expectantly!

In our waiting, will we turn to and talk with God and let him lead us?

Ironically, if Simeon and Anna hadn’t been listening to God then they would have missed what they were waiting for!

You can read the full account of Simeon Anna and Jesus in Luke 2 from v22-38.

 This is a part of a series of short thoughts for advent to help us to consider the events surrounding the birth of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. You can look at the other advent reflections by clicking here.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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2 Responses to Advent 19: The Long Wait Until Christmas

  1. Tom says:

    An excellent reminder Graeme! It is tough at times to be patient as I wait for God to answer a prayer, but looking at the lives of these two people helps me refocus and wait on God’s perfect time. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Pingback: Advent 21: The One about Strange Gifts | Honest about my faith

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