I write this after waiting five hours for my plane to take off in a fog in Louisiana. Then I waited for a couple more hours in Dallas. I feel as if I have been waiting forever, although it's only been seven hours. I will be glad to get home.
Over seven hundred years B.C., Isaiah prophesied that Emmanuel would be born (Is 7:14). The chosen people waited not for seven hours but for over seven hundred years. Surely they felt as if they had been waiting forever. Finally, Emmanuel was born (Mt 1:23). He would show them the way home.
We live in the third millennium of fulfillment. The long-awaited Savior has come over two thousand years ago. However, many people do not know of His coming. They are still waiting — not for the Savior but for us to tell them of the Savior and of the way home.
We, who know of His coming and have accepted Jesus as our Savior, Lord, and God, are waiting for Jesus to come a final time. Therefore, we too are waiting. We want to go home to heaven to be with our Father, to see Jesus face to face, and live the ultimate, eternal life in the Spirit.
It is so difficult to wait. Nevertheless, Christ has come; Christ is coming this Christmas; Christ will come again! Christ will take us home. Our Advent life of waiting will result in an after-life of Christmas. Come, Lord Jesus!