Waiting for His Coming
Simeon was “looking for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:26)
Anna was “looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38)
Classes had ended, and Grandpa Bob had agreed to drive our daughter Grace home for Christmas break—and he would visit for a couple of days too. But the weather between college and where Grandpa lived and where the family was living was forecast to be snow showers and icy roads. A three-hour trip on a fast interstate could easily turn into a crawling mess of tired drivers and unpredictable terror. My wife and I were eagerly awaiting their safe arrival—which was taking way too long! We knew they would get home, but we just did not know when.
When Jesus came into the world at His first coming, Simeon and Anna were eagerly and anxiously awaiting His arrival. Both knew the promises of His coming. And both felt a very personal element to His arrival: “consolation,” “redemption.” They knew He would come, but they were not sure when. His coming was expected but the exact time was uncertain—but His arrival eventually occurred.
Grandpa Bob and Grace finally arrived—safely but certainly. And Jesus came too—certainly and as promised. Despite our anxious waiting, that which was long-awaited eventually occurred.
Now we are waiting again—not for Grandpa Bob & one of our children to arrive for Christmas break, and not for Jesus’ first coming. While we wait for family and friends to arrive for this year’s Christmas celebrating, we are also awaiting Jesus’ second coming! Just as certainly He will come to bring eternal “consolation” and “redemption,” for He has promised, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” To which we eagerly respond with John the Apostle, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).”
Dr. Michel Dodds, Dean of the College & Chair Ministry Studies Department