29th November 2018

Waiting for the Arrival

“It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’”
Isaiah 25:9 (ESVUK)

By the time of Jesus’ birth, Israel had been waiting a long time for their Messiah. There seemed to have been a pause in God’s relationship with them as for four hundred years there had been no prophets – no voice from God. It’s true they were waiting for their idea of the Messiah, but hoping and waiting is what they were doing. How often through those years of religious and political oppression, they would echo the Psalmists’ cry: ‘How long, O Lord?’

After Jesus came, died, was resurrected and ascended, there was another pause in the acts of God in our world. The disciples were instructed to wait in Jerusalem. As they huddled together for forty days in the upper room they were waiting for something they didn’t fully understand. Then Pentecost came and with it the arrival of the Spirit, bringing the life of Jesus to them.

We live after these events: we don’t wait, we look back. Of course there is another arrival yet to come that all of us wait for: the restitution of all things, when Christ returns again with the fullness of the kingdom of God. But right now in the church year we are approaching Advent, which focuses our minds on that first coming of Christ into our world. Through these days we are waiting to celebrate a birth that has taken place, but each year we can come to realise more deeply the depth of the need we all have for that second coming. So we look forward to Christ’s anticipated coming in the future, with thanks to his coming into our lives now, and look back with joy and celebration to his birth into our world.

Prayer
Father, through your guidance over these Advent weeks may we realise how much we need you so that we can celebrate with joy and thanksgiving the coming of Jesus into our world to rescue and restore us to you.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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