“Lose The Wait” was the title of my pastor’s sermon this past sunday. When it was first read aloud, we thought he meant, “Lose The Weight.” The congregation had a nice laugh before our pastor brought forth a very powerful message that The Lord had placed on his heart.
It was after service when I pondered on the title some more. Then the context of the Pastor’s message. I began to think further on the birth of Jesus Christ in how our ancestors anticipated His birth, life and resurrection.
I find it fascinating that our ancestors, before Jesus’ life in the body, all heard the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming through the prophets. Many of who believed that He’d come in their time. They kept sharing those prophecies for generations.
Our ancestors anticipated The Messiah to be born of a woman (Genesis 3:15). They expected His birth to take place in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Through the words of the Prophet Isaiah, they knew The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). They knew that He would be beaten, spat on and falsely accused (Isaiah 50:6; Psalm 35:11).
They had also heard that our Messiah would be crucified, and that He would be resurrected from the dead. In addition, they knew He would ascend to heaven (Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:15; Psalm 24:7-10.) They heard that the Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin (Isaiah 53:5-12.)
Our ancestors heard and they WAITED.
No longer do you and I have to wait. Jesus has lived life in the body, died, raised and distributed His Spirit as gift to His disciples. What are you waiting for? The Messiah still LIVES! He is LIFE, TRUTH and THE WAY. Stop seeking the “truth,” from anything outside of God’s Word and lose the wait.
I want to share something with anyone seeking the truth:
A few years ago, I had moved out of my childhood home and into my very first apartment. I had done so because I wanted to “clear my head” but honestly, I believe I did so because I was in search for what I would later find, a relationship with Jesus Christ. I sat on my bed in my empty apartment and I prayed to God. At the time, I was feeling foolish because I was not sure how to pray or talk to God. I knew that I badly wanted for there to be change in my life so I did not stop praying.
That night I prayed with tears and asked for a relationship with Christ Jesus. I also prayed for a Bible that was closest to the version in which, God wanted me to use and for a church home. Yes, I prayed for specific needs.
Before I knew it, I had a church home, a Bible in my hand and I was studying God’s Word with the help of my church family. I sought truth, with an open heart and gained Truth: the knowledge of my Lord, Jesus Christ and what He has done for us on the cross.
What are you specifically asking God for? Are you truly seeking His truth? Do you really want a relationship with His Son,Jesus Christ? Be truthful and your own heart and pray about it.