Saturday Sermon: Christians wait for God's arrival
By Shan Jackson
Feb. 7, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 6, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.
Year after year, generation after generation, the children of Israel waited in Egyptian captivity for a deliverer. During this time, they were forced to live as servants and slaves, but still they waited because they believed in God as father and provider.
They were a proud people with a history of greatness in their veins. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob reminded them of this greatness, but serving others as slaves was not welcomed by the children of the great God.
Sustained by the promises God made to their fathers, they continued to wait for the Promise Land, sustained on hope for a new and better life. A life with joy instead of pain was with them during their trying times.
They waited for nearly nine generations for God to remember their plight, and God did remember them and sent Moses to demand of Pharaoh to "let my people go." For them the Promised Land did not come cheaply, but their wait was worth it in the end.
Today, Christians also wait for a Promised Land flowing with spiritual milk and honey, a land that is fairer than day, a land where we can see Jesus as He really is, the Son who replaces the sun in a Christian's sky. For Jesus is a Promised Land - not a place but a Divine plan.
We, too, must wait as servants for the Master, as a people with greatness in our veins, as a people who still believe that God will protect and provide.
Sustained through the promises of God through Jesus that, "... I will never leave thee nor forsake thee," Heb. 13:5.
Christians should know that God has a plan for our lives, but like Israel had to wait as Jesus also waited, we, too, must wait. Though His delay in coming has covered many years, He will return. "I will come again," John 14:3-6. If we are "faithful unto death" (Rev. 2:10) we will receive His "crown of life" and forever live with Him in the glorious by and by. We too must wait.
In God's wisdom, He realized the plan for Christ's life. He saw the work that needed to be accomplished and the place for Christ to fill. God's plan was for Christ to build God's kingdom.
This called for Christ to establish His church (Matt. 16.18), His body upon the earth. But this church was simply a place of waiting until the Lord returns. Such is God's design. The church, too, must wait for His return.
Waiting is never easy. How slowly the days prior to Christmas go for children and slow also the days of waiting for the Christian. Wait we must.
So fill your days with labor in the vineyard of the Lord and be secure in the fact that your wait will not be in vain (1 Cor. 15:58). God can only use our life when we place it in His hands.
Shan Jackson is a minister at the Port Lavaca Church of Christ