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Waiting for Christmas

based on 1320 ratings
May 13, 2003

Summary: In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is a man named Simeon; the other is a woman named Anna. They don’t appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but

Waiting for Christmas

Kids have a hard time waiting for Christmas. Here are some actual letters that were written to Santa:

Dear Santa Claus,

When you come to my house there will be cookies for you. But if you are real hungry you can use our phone and order a pizza to go.

Dear Santa,

I want a Puppy. I want a playhouse. Thank you. I’ve been good most of the time. Sometimes I’m wild.

Dear Santa, (From a 4-year-old) I

I’ll take anything because I haven’t been that good.

Dear Santa,

I’m not going to ask for a lot. Here’s my list: The Etch-A-Sketch animator, 2 packs of #2 pencils, Crayola fat markers and the big gift...my own color TV! Well, maybe you could drop the pencils; I don’t want to be really selfish.

Christmas is often associated with waiting. I can remember one Christmas when I was growing up that I really wanted a Rock-em-sock-em-robot. I dropped hints everywhere. I wrote letters to Santa and cut out pictures in magazines and put them on my mom’s pillow. I even tried extra hard to be nice to my sisters during the countdown to Christmas ­ which wasn’t easy to do!

When Christmas morning finally came, I jumped out of bed and ran to the tree. I looked for a box with my name on it. I looked everywhere but couldn’t find it. Do you know what I got that year? I’ll never forget it. My mom, who loves to sew, made feetie pajamas for all 5 of us kids ­ my sisters had pink ones, and mine were blue. I could barely take the shame of it all…feetie pajamas instead of rock-em-sock-em-robots.

What Are You Waiting For?

Let me ask you some questions. What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas?

In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is a man named Simeon; the other is a woman named Anna. They don’t appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but they are significant players in the first Christmas pageant. Both of these individuals were waiting for something -- actually, they were waiting for someone.

Luke uses a Greek word of anticipation that identifies them as waiting with expectation for the coming of the Messiah, or Savior. It literally means that they were “alert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.” We see this word in Luke 2:25 in reference to Simeon where we read that “He was waiting...” and in 2:38 to describe a woman named Anna who was, “...looking forward to...”

Simeon -- Waiting For Comfort

We’re introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25. “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon Him.” Simeon was righteous before people, and he was devout in His relationship with God.

Things weren’t going real well for the nation of Israel. They hadn’t heard from God for many years and were under Roman rule. They had lost their political independence and were living in fear of the capable, crafty, and cruel King Herod, and many were wondering if the Messiah would ever come.

Talk about it...

Ramesh Babu avatar
Ramesh Babu
0 days ago
Excellent
Ronald Woodrum avatar
Ronald Woodrum
0 days ago
excellant! The outline and illustration at the end is great.
Adrian Rodenburg avatar
Adrian Rodenburg
0 days ago
Awesome,praise be to God.
Eugenio Jr. Gedalanga avatar
Eugenio Jr. Gedalanga
0 days ago
Very Inspiring Thank you
Samar Madison avatar
Samar Madison
0 days ago
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given..." God did not keep back his only Son but gave him for all of us. What a priceless gift! Rejoice evermore....
John Fults avatar
John Fults
0 days ago
A great way to change the look on the Christmas story. Thank you.
Tyrone Adams avatar
Tyrone Adams
0 days ago
I enjoy reading this. Thanks! Glory to God!!
Dean Johnson avatar
Dean Johnson
0 days ago
Good stuff--thanks.
David Schultz avatar
David Schultz
0 days ago
What a refreshing thought about the senior folks of the Scriptures. As a Chaplain of a retirement village, I have the opportunity to give "comfort" and "forgiveness" to those who come to worship this day. Peace.
Virgil Nolen avatar
Virgil Nolen
0 days ago
Great Thought @ Christmas.
V.p. Singh avatar
V.p. Singh
0 days ago
Good Message. I am blessed to read this. Thanks. JESUS IS LORD.
Jaime Viray avatar
Jaime Viray
0 days ago
Great sermon, simple but powerful.I will be sharing this as an opening sermon for this Christamas season. God bless you!
William Drummond avatar
William Drummond
0 days ago
I really enjoyed this sermon, great insight.
Gordon A Ward Jr avatar
Gordon A Ward Jr
0 days ago
So what is that word in the Greek? that cnticipation? i really need to know so i may express that to my church.. thank u
Statt Riddlebarger, Ph.d. avatar
Statt Riddlebarger, Ph.d.
0 days ago
Very good sermon. I'll use parts in sermons this Christmas.
Dale Arnett avatar
Dale Arnett
0 days ago
Very good message. I hope that have your approval to use parts of this message for this years Christmas message.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Dale, go for it! Preach on, brother.
Armando D. Enero avatar
Armando D. Enero
0 days ago
Great insight! Led by the Holy Spirit. I am truly blessed
Daniel Pollard Sr. avatar
Daniel Pollard Sr.
0 days ago
I love the the stories of Simeon and Anna. You have crafted with God's direction a fine sermon from their "moments" in the great story. Thanks for the insight.
Todd Dunn avatar
Todd Dunn
0 days ago
Great word, I would love to use bits of it with your approval.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it, Todd!
Todd Dunn avatar
Todd Dunn
0 days ago
Thanks Brian, gonna use " whoever takes the son" powerful illustration.
Danny Brightwell avatar
Danny Brightwell
0 days ago
Great lesson. Like others, with your permission, I may use parts of it in my Christmas lesson this year.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it, Danny.
Edward Ojuolape avatar
Edward Ojuolape
0 days ago
Dear Brian, this is as usual, very profound and inspiring, I hope I will get my own 'Go for it' ! God bless
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it!
Susie Stephens avatar
Susie Stephens
0 days ago
This is beautiful! I'd like to use some pieces of it in a Sunday School lesson with your permission. I would, of course, give you credit!
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Susie, that would be great. Use whatever you'd like for His glory as you tell the story.
Susie Stephens avatar
Susie Stephens
0 days ago
Thanks! For those looking for additional information about the lives of Simeon and Anna, there are two books by Herbert Lockyer, All the Woman of the Bible and All the Men of the Bible that give a great overview of each.
Butch Payne avatar
Butch Payne
0 days ago
Great message Brian. Heard this illustration just last week in another man's message think ill use it too if you don't mind..
Marcelle James avatar
Marcelle James
0 days ago
A great word for the season and a great reminder of this story and we all need to be reminded that with Christ we have everything we need!
Wayne G Thomas avatar
Wayne G Thomas
0 days ago
Brian, It is that time of year again. I would like to use a couple of these ideas in an upcoming message
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
G o for it.
Gayle Smith avatar
Gayle Smith
0 days ago
Brian, I teach at senior communities on Sundays. Do you mind if I use your sermon to share? The last story is a clencher!
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it!
Rex Stancil avatar
Rex Stancil
0 days ago
Used the nuts and bolts of this one last Sunday and it was a great response. I was surprised how powerful the last illustration was going to be. Thanks. Got two "best sermons ever" from my folks. Thanks for sharing.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
G lory to God!
Danny Limon avatar
Danny Limon
0 days ago
Great message! with your permission may I use some parts of it in my sermon?
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it!
David Vaughan avatar
David Vaughan
0 days ago
Great Sermon! I would like to use parts of it for my Christmas Sermon this year.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it! Preach the story of God's glory!
Johnny Cometa avatar
Johnny Cometa
0 days ago
Anointed Christmas message. Please allow me to use this in one of my Christmas messages. I am a US Navy chaplain, a Christian who happens to be a Baptist. :)
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
U se whatever is helpful.
John Pyles avatar
John Pyles
0 days ago
Pastor Bill, this message of Simeon and Anna really moved me and I so appreciate it. I too would like to use portions of this message. And I must say, the conclusion literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you sir for the message.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it! Preach the story of God's glory!
Lawrence Temfwe avatar
Lawrence Temfwe
0 days ago
Thank you so much for the insight and brings Jesus so much alive for those in Africa who live in oppressive nations to know that even under those conditions Christ give freedom. Amen
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
G lory to God!
Todd Ruggles avatar
Todd Ruggles
0 days ago
Thank you, Brian. Well said. I'd like to use parts of this message with our church if that is alright.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
G o for it.
Julius Montero avatar
Julius Montero
0 days ago
Great Reflection...
Mark Thometz avatar
Mark Thometz
0 days ago
Pastor, I very much appreciate this message. Could I have your permission to use some of it (including the story at the end) for the Christmas message this year? Thank you and God bless your ministry. I will of course give you credit :)
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it!
Menton  Shields avatar
Menton Shields
0 days ago
praise God What a Saviour, thanks for the insight brother Frank shields-La.
Menton  Shields avatar
Menton Shields
0 days ago
praise God What a Saviour, thanks for the insight brother Frank shields-La.
Brian Massey avatar
Brian Massey
0 days ago
A great message Brian. I would like to use some of this message, if you don't mind.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Go for it!
Steve Anderson avatar
Steve Anderson
0 days ago
Another winner from my old Livingston County friend. I am planning to use part of it in my 5 minute message following our Christmas program. Thanks.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
Steve, great to hear from you. Hope things are well. Preach on, brother!
Jerry Agabison avatar
Jerry Agabison
0 days ago
Wow !I wish to tag my Christmas message this Sunday ,"The MMM of Christmas " Thank you for the insight .God bless your ministry
Michael Kenney avatar
Michael Kenney
0 days ago
Thank you for this! It has inspired me for a message for my Christmas Eve service. I was struggling on a good approach and topic
James Dana Wallace avatar
James Dana Wallace
0 days ago
Thanks for your gracious and magnanimous spirit. The Lord has given you a great gift, and it's just what I need in helping me prepare for Christmas this year!
Robert Preston avatar
Robert Preston
0 days ago
I plan on using some of your message Sunday if that's OK? great message.
Brian Bill avatar
Brian Bill
0 days ago
G o for it!

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