Waiting and long
December 22, 2014
Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Through the promise given in the Garden of Eden after mankind fell into sin, God has revealed that He is for us.

We are now in the season of Advent, a word that means arrival, or coming. It is a time of expectant waiting, a time of joy and excitement.

As we continue in this Advent season, and as we await the celebration of the first coming of Christ to His world, we experience a growing expectation, excitement and anticipation as we attend worship services, go caroling together, gather with family and friends, or read, meditate and pray over Advent and Christmas texts from the Bible.

There is a sense of excitement in the air, even in the dark winter nights of life, that our brighter day of joy is coming soon. Even though we may have had many Christmas celebrations come and go, nevertheless, each year it is as if it is the first one all over again.

“For God is coming to be with us.” (Isaiah 7:14) Isaiah, by faith, 700 years before Christ, was able to peer into the future of the effects of the first coming of Christ, for he spoke of being able to draw water out of the wells of salvation (12:3) and of how the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 35:10).

For God not only is for us, but He came to be with us so that He might be in us.

Having experienced the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s atonement through faith, we live under the covering of Christ’s righteousness, and through His indwelling Spirit, we belong to Christ alone. Because we are His, our desire is to follow Him, so then watching and praying is a natural outflow of our union with Him. It is not a must, a have to, but I want to and I will.

We are like children awaiting the day when they will be able to open their Christmas gifts which sit under the tree with their names on them. We are waiting and longing, waiting and longing.

May we have a blessed Advent season and a Merry Christmas!

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