Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28 - Waiting
John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ
child I remember that the most difficult part of Christmas was simply waiting
for it to come. From Thanksgiving to December 25 seemed more like an eternity
than a month. Days seemed like weeks. Weeks felt like seasons. Time seemed to
stand still. Waiting is foreign to our society. It seems unnatural. We hunger
for immediate gratification. The idea of delayed satisfaction is a stranger to
The symbols of our unwillingness to wait are all around us. Fast food chains boom because we donít have time to eat. We stand in crooked lines, then yell out an order, get it down in five minutes and then get back to the rat race. We havenít got time to sit down and read a book anymore. Perhaps it is a sign of the times that we have condensed versions of the Bible. In kitchens all over
I, like you, accept most of our noówait approach to life, with the exception of instant potatoes, which are intolerable. But the truth is that, though we do not like waiting, waiting is a part of living. We must wait for payday, a break, quitting time, and for the mailman. When you do your Christmas shopping, you had certainly better be prepared to wait in a line to get checked out, wait to get a parking place, and wait through at least four red lights before making a left hand turn on
But there are also very serious matters for which we wait. Some wait for health to return, some for the coming of food stamps, some for marriage or remarriage. We must wait for peace. A scared child waits for the coming of morning, and a scared adult awaits death. And an expectant mother waits for delivery. Waiting can be pure agony. Itís like the jury is out.
The problem is that scripture time and time again tells us that Godís clock is wound in a different way. Time is different to him. We look at seconds; he looks at the ages. Waiting, not hurrying is one of his characteristics. And this waiting God tells his people that often, they too must wait.
And that is where the story of Christmas really begins. It begins thousands of years before the birth of Christ. They longed for that one who would bring light out of darkness, and make the blind to see. They
Longed for that one who would turn their sorrow into joy, and vanquish their enemies. But, God said, you must wait. Let us look at how Godís people have waited throughout the agesÖ
1. Waiting in the Old Testament
2. John the Baptistís waiting
3. Waiting in Advent
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