Waiting. We all wait for something. Whenever I think of loved ones being reunited at Christmas, my heart feels warm inside. Last December 25th was my first Christmas waiting at an airport for a loved one, and I was full anticipation and joy. I surveyed the crowds of people who were anxious for their friends and family to come out through those big sliding doors at Toronto Pearson International Airport. I could not help but smile as I witnessed smiles, laughter and warm embraces between those who were waiting and those who were arriving.
Observing people and their reactions, took me back to the very first Christmas. For centuries people were waiting for a Messiah, a Savior, someone who would deliver them from oppression and set them free! The wise men had studied, and waited. Anna, the prophetess had also looked forward to the child that would redeem Jerusalem. And then there was Simeon, a man who was righteous and devout, who had been promised by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die until he met the Messiah.
After waiting, Simeon finally held Jesus in his arms, he said the following,
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.” Luke 2: 29–32 NIV
These are powerful words. One little baby changed everything. But he wasn’t just any baby. God gave up his throne in heaven to come down as a human so that he could reconcile us to him and each other.
Thank you for coming down the first time Jesus. You are a light in the darkness. May we, who follow you, celebrate you well this Christmas. We anticipate your next coming. Airport reunions have nothing on our final reunion with you.
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22: 20 NIV