[CF Devotionals] 2014-12-05 - Waiting

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It started in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and continued with many prophets that followed.

Genesis 3:15 (NASB) And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Genesis 12:3 (NASB)
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NASB)
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

Malachi 3:1 (NASB)
“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.

Messianic prophecies are peppered throughout the Old Testament — from Genesis to Malachi. For thousands of years, believers looked to the future for that day when the promises would all be fulfilled. All the followers of the God of Abraham — the Great I AM — knew that one day the promises would be fulfilled. Jewish festivities and writings all acknowledge this. They looked forward to that day.

And then it came, and only Mary, Joseph, and a handful of shepherds were there to see the plethora of promises fulfilled in a small child born in Bethlehem. The great hope of all the Jewish people, the thing they excitedly looked forward to year after year, finally came — and they missed it. Jewish population estimates vary from 500,000 to 5,000,000 — and yet all but a few missed it.

They searched for God's answer; they waited on him to keep his word; and then, they simply missed it.

This past Sunday began the advent season, a period of looking forward for four weeks to the celebration of that initial advent, or arrival. We can now look back on that event and see it fulfilled. We have the benefit of looking back to see the Messiah they missed. But advent doesn't end there.

Thousands of years have gone by. Many still have missed the Messiah, but many have also discovered that Messiah in Jesus. But we, too, are in a period of waiting — waiting on the promised Messiah to deliver us from the wicked of the world that surrounds us and so often suffocates us. We wait on the light to once again pierce the darkness.

Revelation 22:20 (NASB) He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Will you join me in hopeful, joyful waiting during this Advent season? Come Jesus your children await.


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All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.

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