10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord.11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”
What is the feeling that grips your heart when you are “in waiting”? Is excitement? Or anxiety? Or maybe fear? How about joy? Or maybe you become impatient? How about something that you cannot put your finger on but has your whole person and body on the edge?
Waiting is something that hits all of us differently. In part because we come to that “in waiting” time of our lives from different point of views, and sometimes with different expectations, or different foundations. And Christmas is a reminder to us all that “in waiting” is about our heart, and how we respond each and every year to the birth of Jesus.
For the people of Israel, the prophets spoke time and time again about that promise, and the wait for that promise was passed on generation to generation. With each prophecy, with each new reminder of the promise, their hearts were faced with the question: Will this ever come to pass? Will I ever be able to see the promise of God?
For us the answer to that question is really simple: We had seen the promise come to life in Jesus. And yet we still look at Christmas with great anxiety, waiting for a new miracle to come alive in our hearts, but maybe we just need to look into our hearts and discover the inner joy, the peace, that is already there because of what God has done.
In a way Christmas is our pep rally, reminding us of all that God has done, as a foreshadow of what can do. So let this season be a season of joy, peace and great excitement for the things to come, because the Lord has come.