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 on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Luke 2:25-26
Is there anything more exciting that Christmas Eve? Family and friends will soon gather in our homes with love and laughter. The presents that we have lovingly chosen and wrapped will finally be opened. All of our planning and preparation has brought us here, and now we wait with anticipation.
Simeon was no stranger to anticipation. The Holy Spirit promised him that he would not die before seeing the Christ. He probably woke up each morning thinking, that today could be the day! Every day he continued to draw breath, he waited to see the promised Messiah. That, my friends, is a life filled to the brim with anticipation.
Just as Simeon longed for Jesus’ coming, we now long for Him to come again. We see promises of His return all through-out Scripture. Revelation tells us that He is currently on His way, bringing justice and a new world. (Revelation 22:12) When live with the knowledge that not only Jesus will come someday, but He could come any day. How exciting is that?
For those of us who long for His appearing our days are filled with anticipation. A day is no longer just another twenty-four hour period filled with tasks to do and errands to run. For us, every night can be like Christmas Eve. Let’s greet each new day with great anticipation knowing that Jesus could arrive at any moment.