Waiting for Christmas
Sermon shared by Brian Bill
Summary: In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is a man named Simeon; the other is a woman named Anna. They donít appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but
Series: Christmas Characters
Audience: General adults
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Waiting for Christmas
Kids have a hard time waiting for Christmas. Here are some actual letters that were written to Santa:
Dear Santa Claus,
When you come to my house there will be cookies for you. But if you are real hungry you can use our phone and order a pizza to go.
I want a Puppy. I want a playhouse. Thank you. Iíve been good most of the time. Sometimes Iím wild.
Dear Santa, (From a 4-year-old) I
Iíll take anything because I havenít been that good.
Iím not going to ask for a lot. Hereís my list: The Etch-A-Sketch animator, 2 packs of #2 pencils, Crayola fat markers and the big gift...my own color TV! Well, maybe you could drop the pencils; I donít want to be really selfish.
Christmas is often associated with waiting. I can remember one Christmas when I was growing up that I really wanted a Rock-em-sock-em-robot. I dropped hints everywhere. I wrote letters to Santa and cut out pictures in magazines and put them on my momís pillow. I even tried extra hard to be nice to my sisters during the countdown to Christmas ≠ which wasnít easy to do!
When Christmas morning finally came, I jumped out of bed and ran to the tree. I looked for a box with my name on it. I looked everywhere but couldnít find it. Do you know what I got that year? Iíll never forget it. My mom, who loves to sew, made feetie pajamas for all 5 of us kids ≠ my sisters had pink ones, and mine were blue. I could barely take the shame of it allÖfeetie pajamas instead of rock-em-sock-em-robots.
What Are You Waiting For?
Let me ask you some questions. What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas?
In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is a man named Simeon; the other is a woman named Anna. They donít appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but they are significant players in the first Christmas pageant. Both of these individuals were waiting for something -- actually, they were waiting for someone.
Luke uses a Greek word of anticipation that identifies them as waiting with expectation for the coming of the Messiah, or Savior. It literally means that they were ďalert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.Ē We see this word in Luke 2:25 in reference to Simeon where we read that ďHe was waiting...Ē and in 2:38 to describe a woman named Anna who was, ď...looking forward to...Ē
Simeon -- Waiting For Comfort
Weíre introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25. ďNow 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 upon Him.Ē Simeon was righteous before people, and he was devout in His relationship with God.
Things werenít going real well for the nation of Israel. They hadnít heard from God for many years and were under Roman rule. They had lost their political independence and were living in fear of the capable, crafty, and cruel King Herod, and many were wondering if the Messiah would ever come.
Verse 26 shows us that Simeon had good reason for his hope and anticipation: ďIt had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lordís Christ.
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