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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 don’t appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but

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.

Dear Santa,

I want a Puppy. I want a playhouse. Thank you. I’ve been good most of the time. Sometimes I’m wild.

Dear Santa, (From a 4-year-old) I

I’ll take anything because I haven’t been that good.

Dear Santa,

I’m not going to ask for a lot. Here’s 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 don’t 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 mom’s pillow. I even tried extra hard to be nice to my sisters during the countdown to Christmas ­ which wasn’t 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 couldn’t find it. Do you know what I got that year? I’ll 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 all…feetie 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 don’t 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 “alert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.” We see this word in Luke 2:25 (quickview)  in reference to Simeon where we read that “He was waiting...” and in 2:38 to describe a woman named Anna who was, “...looking forward to...”

Simeon -- Waiting For Comfort

We’re introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25 (quickview) . “Now 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.” Simeon was righteous before people, and he was devout in His relationship with God.

Things weren’t going real well for the nation of Israel. They hadn’t 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.


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Ramesh Babu

commented on Aug 27, 2007

Excellent

Ronald Woodrum

commented on Nov 24, 2008

excellant! The outline and illustration at the end is great.

Adrian Rodenburg

commented on Dec 11, 2008

Awesome,praise be to God.

Eugenio Jr. Gedalanga

commented on Dec 13, 2008

Very Inspiring Thank you

Samar Madison

commented on Dec 21, 2008

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given..." God did not keep back his only Son but gave him for all of us. What a priceless gift! Rejoice evermore....

John Fults

commented on Dec 18, 2009

A great way to change the look on the Christmas story. Thank you.

Tyrone Adams

commented on Dec 3, 2011

I enjoy reading this. Thanks! Glory to God!!

Dean Johnson

commented on Dec 19, 2011

Good stuff--thanks.

David Schultz

commented on Jan 1, 2012

What a refreshing thought about the senior folks of the Scriptures. As a Chaplain of a retirement village, I have the opportunity to give "comfort" and "forgiveness" to those who come to worship this day. Peace.

Virgil Nolen

commented on Nov 15, 2013

Great Thought @ Christmas.

V.p. Singh

commented on Nov 26, 2013

Good Message. I am blessed to read this. Thanks. JESUS IS LORD.

Jaime Viray

commented on Dec 8, 2013

Great sermon, simple but powerful.I will be sharing this as an opening sermon for this Christamas season. God bless you!

William Drummond

commented on Dec 14, 2013

I really enjoyed this sermon, great insight.

Gordon A Ward Jr

commented on Dec 18, 2013

So what is that word in the Greek? that cnticipation? i really need to know so i may express that to my church.. thank u

Statt Riddlebarger, Ph.d.

commented on Dec 21, 2013

Very good sermon. I'll use parts in sermons this Christmas.

Dale Arnett

commented on Nov 29, 2014

Very good message. I hope that have your approval to use parts of this message for this years Christmas message.

Brian Bill

commented on Nov 29, 2014

Dale, go for it! Preach on, brother.

Armando D. Enero

commented on Dec 3, 2014

Great insight! Led by the Holy Spirit. I am truly blessed

Daniel Pollard Sr.

commented on Dec 7, 2014

I love the the stories of Simeon and Anna. You have crafted with God's direction a fine sermon from their "moments" in the great story. Thanks for the insight.

Todd Dunn

commented on Dec 13, 2014

Great word, I would love to use bits of it with your approval.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 13, 2014

Go for it, Todd!

Todd Dunn

commented on Dec 14, 2014

Thanks Brian, gonna use " whoever takes the son" powerful illustration.

Danny Brightwell

commented on Dec 16, 2014

Great lesson. Like others, with your permission, I may use parts of it in my Christmas lesson this year.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 17, 2014

Go for it, Danny.

Edward Ojuolape

commented on Dec 19, 2014

Dear Brian, this is as usual, very profound and inspiring, I hope I will get my own 'Go for it' ! God bless

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 20, 2014

Go for it!

Susie Stephens

commented on Dec 20, 2014

This is beautiful! I'd like to use some pieces of it in a Sunday School lesson with your permission. I would, of course, give you credit!

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 20, 2014

Susie, that would be great. Use whatever you'd like for His glory as you tell the story.

Susie Stephens

commented on Dec 20, 2014

Thanks! For those looking for additional information about the lives of Simeon and Anna, there are two books by Herbert Lockyer, All the Woman of the Bible and All the Men of the Bible that give a great overview of each.

Butch Payne

commented on Dec 20, 2014

Great message Brian. Heard this illustration just last week in another man's message think ill use it too if you don't mind..

Marcelle James

commented on Dec 24, 2014

A great word for the season and a great reminder of this story and we all need to be reminded that with Christ we have everything we need!

Wayne G Thomas

commented on Oct 27, 2015

Brian, It is that time of year again. I would like to use a couple of these ideas in an upcoming message

Brian Bill

commented on Nov 27, 2015

G o for it.

Gayle Smith

commented on Dec 5, 2015

Brian, I teach at senior communities on Sundays. Do you mind if I use your sermon to share? The last story is a clencher!

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 5, 2015

Go for it!

Rex Stancil

commented on Dec 11, 2015

Used the nuts and bolts of this one last Sunday and it was a great response. I was surprised how powerful the last illustration was going to be. Thanks. Got two "best sermons ever" from my folks. Thanks for sharing.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 13, 2015

G lory to God!

Danny Limon

commented on Dec 13, 2015

Great message! with your permission may I use some parts of it in my sermon?

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 13, 2015

Go for it!

David Vaughan

commented on Dec 17, 2015

Great Sermon! I would like to use parts of it for my Christmas Sermon this year.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 20, 2015

Go for it! Preach the story of God's glory!

Johnny Cometa

commented on Dec 27, 2015

Anointed Christmas message. Please allow me to use this in one of my Christmas messages. I am a US Navy chaplain, a Christian who happens to be a Baptist. :)

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 27, 2015

U se whatever is helpful.

John Pyles

commented on Dec 20, 2015

Pastor Bill, this message of Simeon and Anna really moved me and I so appreciate it. I too would like to use portions of this message. And I must say, the conclusion literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you sir for the message.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 20, 2015

Go for it! Preach the story of God's glory!

Lawrence Temfwe

commented on Dec 20, 2015

Thank you so much for the insight and brings Jesus so much alive for those in Africa who live in oppressive nations to know that even under those conditions Christ give freedom. Amen

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 24, 2015

G lory to God!

Todd Ruggles

commented on Dec 24, 2015

Thank you, Brian. Well said. I'd like to use parts of this message with our church if that is alright.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 25, 2015

G o for it.

Julius Montero

commented on Dec 26, 2015

Great Reflection...

Mark Thometz

commented on Nov 30, 2016

Pastor, I very much appreciate this message. Could I have your permission to use some of it (including the story at the end) for the Christmas message this year? Thank you and God bless your ministry. I will of course give you credit :)

Brian Bill

commented on Nov 30, 2016

Go for it!

Menton Shields

commented on Dec 2, 2016

praise God What a Saviour, thanks for the insight brother Frank shields-La.

Menton Shields

commented on Dec 2, 2016

praise God What a Saviour, thanks for the insight brother Frank shields-La.

Brian Massey

commented on Dec 9, 2016

A great message Brian. I would like to use some of this message, if you don't mind.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 12, 2016

Go for it!

Steve Anderson

commented on Dec 12, 2016

Another winner from my old Livingston County friend. I am planning to use part of it in my 5 minute message following our Christmas program. Thanks.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 12, 2016

Steve, great to hear from you. Hope things are well. Preach on, brother!

Jerry Agabison

commented on Dec 13, 2016

Wow !I wish to tag my Christmas message this Sunday ,"The MMM of Christmas " Thank you for the insight .God bless your ministry

Michael Kenney

commented on Dec 22, 2016

Thank you for this! It has inspired me for a message for my Christmas Eve service. I was struggling on a good approach and topic

James Dana Wallace

commented on Dec 22, 2016

Thanks for your gracious and magnanimous spirit. The Lord has given you a great gift, and it's just what I need in helping me prepare for Christmas this year!

Robert Preston

commented on Dec 23, 2016

I plan on using some of your message Sunday if that's OK? great message.

Brian Bill

commented on Dec 24, 2016

G o for it!

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