The Christmas Waiting Game

Hopefully, our childhood memories include the eager anticipation and expectation of waiting for Christmas Day.

As we decorated the Christmas tree with our families in early December, and as presents were progressively wrapped and placed in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas, as children we hoped and dreamt of receiving the desire of our hearts.

As we counted down the sleeps until Christmas and the day finally arrived, what joy and excitement was ours if we unwrapped and saw the gift of our dreams.

Our understanding of Christmas grows as the years go by.

Childhood excitement of receiving presents is matched, or even exceeded, by the joy of giving.

Yet as we anticipate Christmas this year, may we still be excited to unwrap all of its layers and reveal the desire of the ages, Jesus Christ.

Such was the privilege of Simeon recorded in Luke 2:25-32:

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

May each of us know God's peace as our eyes light up to Jesus this Christmas.

Yours in the Saviour,

Peter Rogers

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