Merry Christmas! And if I missed offending someone, Merry Christmas, peace on earth, goodwill toward men, the Christ has come. There, I said it, expect no apologies. Whether it’s the right day, the left day or somewhere in between. Whether you believe in the God of Abraham or the god of man’s finite and ever-changing wisdom. Whether you’re drunk on eggnog or have drunk the new wine of the Holy Spirit. This is the time and the message of the season and even more the entire year. Nothing black about it.
So what are you waiting for? Did you get it? Did you get that new big screen TV, that 125G phone? Ah, disappointments. My Dad had a line when I was a little slow to respond. He’d say. “What are you waiting for? Christmas?”. As an adult, born in Christ the answer is no, Christmas already came. But as I think about it, a bit over 2000 years ago, some were, yes, waiting for Christmas. They knew the signs and the prophecies, that he would be born of a virgin, and many of those signs were coming about. In the years before His birth they would locate a pregnant virgin and watch her to see what comes out. Not sure what happened if a girl were born. And at the same time were the naysayers, the child isn’t coming, or it was an allegorical word of prophecy. Some were ridiculed for believing, especially by those who were quite happy in their positions and status, who didn’t want anything challenging the status quo. And some of those that were looking for the Hope of Israel got to see Him, and recognized Him. And those that saw the threat of Him tried to kill Him, to no avail.
Fast forward 30 years, the Romans increasing pressure and subjugation of the Jews caused most to look for the Messiah, the Savior, the King of Israel of whom the government will be upon His shoulders. This child, now a man, came out of obscurity and began to minister, healing the sick and lame, making the blind to see, raising the dead and casting out demons. Could this be Him? Could He be the One to break the Roman hold and return Israel to its former glory? He spoke with power, not as a common man, and yes, He was an uncommon man. So they watched. And wait, instead of challenging Rome and building an army, He challenged and ridiculed the religious leaders. He challenged the very fabric of their authority and the status quo. So they killed Him. But He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven leaving a promise to fulfill the rest of prophecy and even left more revelation. He is coming back.
So, what am I waiting for? Christmas? No, that’s happened, fulfilled, complete. No, I’m waiting for His promise, His return to set the world right. His promise to take me to His kingdom. Many of us are. And like our predecessors, we are mocked and ridiculed. We’re called everything in the book. Every excuse to avoid the inevitable is made up. He was never born, Christmas never happened, the prophecies were fulfilled when Rome destroyed Jerusalem, Christ already returned in 60 Ad and the church is the new Jerusalem, etc. Or the biggy, people have been talking this for centuries and He still hasn’t come. But only in the last century has the key event occurred, the Jews return to and establish their nation Israel and the Holy clock started ticking.
The last days prophecies are being fulfilled at an astounding rate. The events and calamities that Jesus foretold are accelerating. Visions have been given that are coming true. Persecution of Christians is increasing. The very word “Christ” is being erased from this land. Jesus said He would return and has let us know events that would be signs to watch and to be aware, “when the new growth comes on the fig”. The times are becoming even more perilous daily for Christians in this country and so I wait. Because Jesus is at the door, His hand on the door handle or even walking through it. He is coming to get me or even you, if you’ve given yourself to Him. If you haven’t acknowledged Jesus, if you haven’t accepted His free gift now is the time. Yesterday is too late and tomorrow may never come, take this time to admit your failure and accept His free gift to you.
What am I waiting for? Christmas? No, I’m waiting for Jesus.
Merry Christmas to you all.