Waiting with Expectant Hope

This morning I read a sermon based on Luke 2 when the baby Jesus was presented at the temple. Verse 26 states, “And it had been revealed to him (Simeon) by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”

Simeon, an old Godly man, was waiting for the Lord’s Christ. And in God’s perfect time, the promised Messiah came so that his frail eyes could see the baby. Did Simeon know that this baby was born of a virgin and would die on a cross? No. But did Simeon understand that God’s time had come? Yes. Simeon knew that the Lord Almighty, creator of heaven and earth was up to something good.

In many ways, I feel like Simeon these days. Do we understand all that has happened over the past 10 years in London? No. But do I understand that God is at work in me and through me in London? Yes.

I know that the Lord Almighty, creator of heaven and earth is up to something good.

I pray that you too would know this in your life. And know that through you, God will use you to bring His blessings to those in your community.

I love the Christmas carol “Joy to the World” and especially the 3rd stanza: “He comes to make his blessings flow, Far as the curse is found”.joytotheworldWHITEsm

This baby Jesus has come to make God’s blessings flow as far as the curse is found. Yes, we know these blessings are centered on the death and resurrection. But exactly how God is going to work this out in us and through us in the future? We are all like Simeon – waiting with expectant hope that God’s time has come and He is up to something good.

Happy Christmas!

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor