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Waiting for Christmas

These are the notes from the Christmas sermon I preached in 2009, since Simeon and Anna are my favorite individuals from the biblical account of Christ's birth, I wanted to share it with everyone.  The following is an outline instead of narrative, but I think it's still easy to follow.  Feel free to share your thoughts as well!  Have a grace filled Christmas.

Pastor Darryl

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Scripture: Luke 2:25-40

Introduction:

The degree of our willingness to wait expresses the worth of what we’re waiting for.  In New Testament times, engaged couples waited a year before they married, which shows the value they placed on the time needed to:

  • Prove faithfulness
  • Reveal character

 God is a patient waiter, for example

  • The Lord is even more eager than we are for Christ to come back, but…
  • He’s waiting patiently for others to be saved, because he does not want any to be lost…yet, he will not wait forever

 We need to learn to wait patiently, i.e.

  • Not anxiously waiting and worrying, like a parent waiting for their teen child to come home after the prom or homecoming dance…
  • But patient waiting is contented waiting
    • We are OK where we are, because God pours grace on us while we wait
    • But, we eagerly and deeply want that for which we wait!
  • We have to be patient with…
    • Others in the church…[please be patient with me!]
    • Family members, especially spouses and children
    • With ourselves
  • With God!
    • Psalm 27:14 – “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”
    • Psalm 130:5 – “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I put my hope”
    • Isaiah 30:18 – “Blessed [Happy] are all who wait for him”
  • We wait for God’s ultimate promise to us as believers!
    • Romans 8:23 – “[We] wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies”
    • Titus 2:12-13 - 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Two of my favorite characters from the biblical account of the Lord’s birth were excellent waiters:

  • Simeon
    • Waiting for the consolation of Israel…
    • The Lord promised him he would His anointed before he died…
  • Anna
    • Married for 7 years…
    • And then a widow until she was 84 (probably for over 60 years!)

What we see from them, is that when we are waiting for God, we don’t wait passively or in an idle way, in fact there are at least three things we can get from their example, i.e. we should:

a) Wait and worship

b) Wait and witness

c) Wait and work

Wait and Worship

  • Worship is not only our divine purpose and eternal destiny, it also the means by which we are faith is sustained and our endurance is strengthened…worship is our first priority
  • Note Anna
    • She worshiped day and night, fasting and praying
    • We want emotions in our worship time, but emotion is not what it’s about…
    • Worship is seeing the worth and value to such a degree that it causes us to lose sight of our circumstances in the glow of God’s glory…this is what we see from Anna
      • I don’t think she said, well it looks I’m never going to get another husband, so I had may as well spend all my time in the Temple worshiping God…
      • And I don’ think she was fasting and praying for a husband all this time
      • Her thankfulness when she saw the child reveals her heart and where her joy came from
  • So while we wait, we watch God devoutly and worship, and gain satisfaction and sufficiency from Him while we wait

Wait and Witness

  • Both Simeon and Anna were poised to witness when God created the opportunity for them…
  • This was a timely witness…no doubt Joseph and Mary needed
  • It was an encouraging witness (v.33)
  • It was a truthful and direct witness (v.34-35)
  • It was a personal and public witness

Wait and Work

  • V.39
    • Even though this speaks to Joseph and Mary, and not Simeon and Anna, it is still helpful for us…
    • They did everything required by the Law of the Lord…
      • Righteous waiting is active and obedient…it does not only do those things that are convenient, but also those that are inconvenient
  • V.40
    • Working produces results in the midst of waiting
      • God gives fruitful grace in the condition of our faithful waiting
      • Working sees needs and opportunities in the midst of waiting

Conclusion:

All three of these help remove the burden of waiting and keeps it from becoming lacking…

  • It’s amazing how we can earnestly want for something but not experience the lack of not having it!
  • How are you waiting?
    • Are you worshiping…or focusing on earthly things
    • Are you witnessing…or complaining
    • Are you working…or dejectedly idle

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