The birth of Jesus ben Joseph haunted those who knew his true identity. The fifth in a series of six meditations. Special thanks to my wife, Renée, for writing this one.
Simeon and Anna were quite elderly, but they certainly weren’t waiting around to die. Instead, every day they woke up with the expectation that today could be the day they’d dreamed about for decades.
Simeon had the Lord’s promise that he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Anna had no such guarantee but, like many others, she knew the time of the Messiah’s coming was near (Daniel -25a). While they waited, they lived righteous and devout lives, walking with God in obedience and worshiping him with all their hearts.
When Mary and Joseph entered the
Like Simeon and Anna, you and I can wake up each day looking forward to the promise of Jesus’ coming—again (Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:3-13). But unlike them, we don’t know when.
We very well may not see Jesus Christ’s return in our lifetime.
It’s so hard to wait.