F – Faithful —> Stories abound of men and women who longed for the Messiah to come. And while they waited, they faithfully lived out their lives for the glory of God, the Father.
Moses told the children of Israel that God would raise up a prophet like him and warned the people to listen to this Prophet. It was a teaching passed down for generations. When Philip told Nathaniel about Jesus, he said, “We have found Him of whom Moses wrote.” The faithful were waiting, looking, and ready to follow the Long Awaited One.
At the temple, Simeon saw baby Jesus in Mary’s arms and proclaimed, “My eyes have seen Thy salvation.” He wasn’t just a random man, but someone who was described as “looking for the consolation of Israel.” Joseph and Mary were amazed by what this stranger said. Before they left the temple, they were approached again, this time by a woman. The sight of Jesus caused thankfulness to flow from her lips. She began immediately sharing with others who were also faithful in “looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
I long to be found faithful. Doing the tasks I’ve been called to do while proclaiming the good news of Jesus who came as my Deliverer. These ancient believers believed His promises and waited, actively searching and expecting to see Him. My hope, this Christmas and beyond, is that I would faithfully wait, expecting to see Christ doing His redemptive work all around me.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him…
Deut. 18, 15,18-19, Jn. 1:45, Lk. 2:22-38