25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man wasjust and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. – Luke 2:25-26
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. – Luke 2:36-38
Several years ago, I was at a conference with some faith-based leaders and clergy, where one of the breakout sessions placed us in small groups. There some serious big named theologians and pastors in the small group that I ended up with, but I dare not share any names. As we entered our brainstorming on our given topic, some discussion came up about the Advent. The term was repeatedly thrown around and discussed by some, but others simply sat and stared in confusion. Finally, one of the brethren leaned over and whispered in curiosity, “What is this Advent thing?” I smiled and whispered back,”They’re talking upon Christmas and the arrival of Christ on the scene. That’s what they mean.” He smiled and eventually joined in the brainstorming session with the rest of us.
Christ’s arrival was an anticipated event. It had been prophesied. It had been preached. It had been predicted. It had been planned. It had been purposed.
We have given it many names:
- Birth of the Lord
We have come to look for Christmas as a season rather than a fulfillment of God’s plan. We struggle and fight with the world to put Christ back into Christmas, erasing and eradicating the marketplace of X-Mas. We have regulated our recognition of Christmas as a time for doing good works for the poor and needy rather than proclaiming the Good News of His arrival and eventual return.
What if we took on the zeal and dedication of a Simeon and Anna?
What if we did as the psalmist instructed and “waited patiently on the Lord?”
How about we change the scenario and flip the script this Christmas season?
Let’s Speak Christ
We ought to let our words share about Christ. We should preach and proclaim Him and His redemptive acts over and over again all throughout this season. Say something about Him and for Him.
Let’s Show Christ
Believers are unique because they act on their belief. Let’s go there with folks. Let’s show the world that we are serious about our beliefs and put them into action. Giving and helping are not seasonal activities for feeling good about what we have done. We are to practice good works continually. Let’s be more like Christ like and do more activities like Christ would do while we are on this earth.
Let’s Serve Christ
We do not do good because we are so good. We do good because we serve a master who has been so good to us that we cannot help but serve Him for our entire lives while covered by the grace of His blood. He’s been to good to us. He’s done too much for us. Serve our Lord with gladness and with fear and trembling.
Everyone wasn’t waiting for the Christ, the Anointed One, or the Messiah, the Anticipated One. Some folks had just given up hope. It had been too long to ever happen in their time. Look at Simeon and Anna. They held on and held fast.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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