Bible and Theology
Expecting the Messiah
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Oct 28, 2017
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FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

In Luke 2:25-32, we read about a man who placed his expectations in the promises of God. Simeon was a righteous and devout man who watched for the coming Messiah. He was expectant for the fulfillment of the promises of God.

Everything we do should be in light of His return.

 
Simeon was intent on watching and waiting for "the consolation of Israel" (Luke 2:25). When he finally set eyes on the Christ child, he rejoiced, saying, "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel" (Luke 2:29-32). In that moment, when Simeon held the long-awaited Christ in his arms, he knew his life's expectation had been fulfilled.

Throughout the Old Testament, Scripture refers to the coming Christ. Like Simeon, God's people eagerly awaited His arrival and passed down this expectation to their children and grandchildren. For generations and generations, God's people hoped in and watched for the Messiah. When was the last time you told your children to live expectantly for the second coming of Christ?

We often think of the return of Christ as some far-off future event. But everything we do should be in light of His return. As you celebrate the first coming of Christ, how much of your focus will be on His second coming?

When you praise the Christ child, will you also praise His future glory?

Prayer: Father, help me to remember as we celebrate Your first coming this year that You are coming again. Thank You for the promise of Your return. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him" (Hebrews 9:28).