I don’t like to wait. Can you relate to that? Once I know where I want to go or what I want to eat or what I want regarding anything… - I want it to happen NOW! I don’t like when I hit all the red stoplights and I don’t like when there is a long line at the drive-thru. I want an immediate response and I want all my projects to move along quickly towards a perfect completion. It is pretty easy to see that if that is what I expect from life I will find myself disappointed quite often.
Even though I don’t care much for waiting, I have been able to adjust my outlook to this reality of life so that I don’t go crazy or become an ogre to be around. One thing I find a bit interesting about myself is that, although I hate waiting, I really enjoy anticipating. For nearly 25 years Barb has put up with my near obsession with forcing her into my “celebratory anticipation” of things that I am looking forward to happening.
Here is what I mean by “celebratory anticipation.” Barb and I will be having dinner together talking over the day’s activities for the kick-off of the school year and I will, out of the blue, bring up the need to get new flip flops for walking on the beach in February’s trip to Florida. Or…
I mention this distinction in my mind between regular “waiting” and “anticipating” because it helps us to consider the theme for this Sunday’s message: Today…We Wait. The actual text of Hebrews 9:27-28 reads as follows –
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
This generates some questions for us:
These are some of the thoughts that come to mind for me when I think of eagerly waiting to meet Jesus. I look forward to considering this topic with you on Sunday.
Anticipating Home while Enjoying Today,
Pastor Nick Mundis