And so, when I hear in our text for Sunday, the phrase "eagerly waiting for Christ" I am a intrigued. How can waiting be "eager?"
Most of the time, waiting requires some kind of tangible imminent result. Perhaps you can see the que line shrinking or the service department bring in more customer helpers to meet the demand. Not the case with Christ. I suppose the current obsessions about the second coming are not healthy, because the predictions and attachment to details that people are believing are imminent. And in some of those cases, people are living in fear of the second coming. In our waiting, we may not ever see the end result of the parousia of Christ.
But we are told by the writer of Hebrews that Christ comes "to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." And so, I believe the eagerness in waiting for Christ stems not from the time frame, but the mind frame. This is not about the product or service received, but assurance of salvation.
The magnitude of salvation can only be fully realized when we recognize our own sinful nature. How far have we separated ourselves from God, how distracted are we by all those things we are tempted to make idols? When we start to recognize those elements, we realize how vast and broad and wide God's love is for us. And we are amazed.
Why would a God of that kind of magnitude desire to connect with us as mere humans? It is because through Christ, God now understands the challenge of humanity more clearly. God gets us. God understands through Christ what our challenges and temptations are. And so, God provides again, through the Holy Spirit. A God who can make us whole, and take away even our pension to sin. A God who will make us more to be the holy image in which we were originally created.
And for that, I'm willing to stand in line eternally. What about you?
We are blessed,