“Are you expecting?”

by DanWolgemuth on December 7, 2012

This is a question that should be asked wisely, and with the confidence that it is really rhetorical.  In other words, there should be very little, if any, doubt that the question will be answered affirmatively.

The question really has application and appropriateness beyond the sphere of pregnancy. It belongs in the hearts and minds of the followers of Jesus, even as it may often erupt from the thoughts of a wanderer.

Am I expecting?

Am I waiting expectantly for something?

Am I celebrating what has already been fulfilled, and what remains to be delivered?

This is advent.  Expecting.  Waiting.

As followers of Jesus we celebrate and we wait.

Christ came.  Christ will return.

Jesus left glory to become flesh.  We will leave flesh to inhabit glory.

Captives longed for liberty.  The hopeless clung in desperation.  The Messiah was coming.

Indeed.  He came.

Inconspicuously, except to those most overlooked.  He rescued those most desperate.  He found the helpless and the lost.

He dispensed with politics and proceeded to humility and sacrifice.  He had no time for power grabs or posturing.

He offended with His holiness.  He confounded with His grace.  He inspired through His love.  He infuriated in His compassion.

The Messiah came.  The wait was over.

Until the cross.  Until the grave was conquered.  Until the earth could no longer contain Him.  Gone.

Advent again.  Waiting again.  Hoping again.  Needing again.  Desperate again.

For Jesus.  Not as a baby.  Not in vulnerability.  Not wrapped in clothes.

Glory.  Majesty.  Victory.  Consummation.  Exaltation.  Gloria in excelsis Deo.  Forever.

Yes, I am expecting.

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

Amen and amen.

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