So, was the waiting worth it?
Did you get what you were hoping for?
Christmas is all over now isn’t it?
Actually, Christmas has only just begun. Christmas, as opposed to Advent, only begins on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day is the end of waiting, but the beginning of so much more.
25 At this time a man named Simeon was living in Jerusalem. Simeon was a good man. He loved God and was waiting for God to save the people of Israel. God’s Spirit came to him 26 and told him that he would not die until he had seen Christ the Lord.
27 When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to do what the Law of Moses says should be done for a new baby, the Spirit told Simeon to go into the temple. 28 Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God,
29 “Lord, I am your servant,
and now I can die in peace,
because you have kept
your promise to me.
30 With my own eyes I have seen
what you have done
to save your people,
31 and foreign nations
will also see this.
32 Your mighty power is a light
for all nations,
and it will bring honor
to your people Israel.”
33 Jesus’ parents were surprised at what Simeon had said. 34 Then he blessed them and told Mary, “This child of yours will cause many people in Israel to fall and others to stand. The child will be like a warning sign. Many people will reject him, 35 and you, Mary, will suffer as though you had been stabbed by a dagger. But all this will show what people are really thinking.”
Simeon had been waiting… Waiting for God to do what he had promised, waiting for God to save his people. In the Christ child brought before him, Simeon recognises that in him God has begun. The waiting is over, the new way is starting.
God has kept his promises. Jesus is here.
But, though Jesus’ arrival is that fulfillment, this is only the beginning. Jesus has to show God’s new way, and people have to take up the challenge and follow.
It’s only just beginning – are you going to follow? Not just for Christmas, but always.