Each year we, the human race spend 37 billion hours waiting in line somewhere. We spend approximately 6 months of our lives waiting in line for things, which means something like 3 days a year of queueing up.
The Christmas season also involves a lot of waiting. From the 1st of December, we open the first day of our advent calendars and the countdown beginnings. Each day children count how many sleeps are left. Until we arrive at last night, the longest night of the year for Children, waiting to wake up and open their gifts.
But if you think our wait for Christmas is long, think of the people in the Old Testament. Luke 2 announcing Jesus birth begins with “ At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.” But it could also have read:
- In the year five-thousand one-hundred and ninety-nine from the Adam and Eve.
- In the year two-thousand nine-hundred and fifty-seven from Noah’s Ark and the flood;
- In the year two-thousand and fifty-one from the birth of Abraham;
- In the year one-thousand five-hundred and ten from the going forth of the people of Egypt under Moses;
- In the year one-thousand and thirty-two from the anointing of David as king;
- In the year seven-hundred-fifity since Micha wrote, “Micah 5:2 – “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.”
The great news for us today is, that as we open the New Testiment we discover the wait is over. We no longer need to wait for Jesus, He has come. Christmas reminds us that, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Simeon said after meeting Jesus,
“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!”
Simeon’s wait was over and today your’s can be also.