Today consider what it takes to bring a Messiah. For saving to take place for the people of God, they first found themselves in dire situations. In Exodus, they found themselves in ethnic slavery under the superpower of their region. In Judges, they found themselves facing the persistent threat of their neighbors, the Philistines. During the times of the kings they found themselves facing the overwhelming powers of Assyria and then Babylon, which ended up destroying both the northern kingdom of Israel, and the southern kingdom of Judah with it's capital Jerusalem. But is was even more than that in setting the stage for Jesus.
Jesus was quite unique compared to previous saviors of the people of God. He did not come as a military or civic leader. Instead, he turned the responsibility directly on all the people together. No one was to be left out in Jesus' world, and no one could sit back and wait for Jesus to take care of things. Jesus entered into the lives of those around him, but also taught everyone to help out as well. Everyone was to be loved, included, involved and celebrated.
As we observe this season of waiting, are we waiting for a military and civic salvation, or a kind of salvation that asks for us to be part of the "saving" as well as the "saved." A bit of paradox, but it's a classic understanding from Anabaptists and Mennonites. We are to be saved, and to continue the saving of each other and all our neighbors and enemies. We wait for a Messiah not to save us, but to teach us and empower us to continue God's saving action in the world.
We wait for Christ as we wait for more than a military general.
We wait for Christ as we wait for more than super heros.
We wait for Christ as we wait for more than a president.
We wait for Christ as we wait for more than a principal.
We wait for Christ as we wait to be taught God's ways.
We wait for Christ as we wait to live God's ways.
We wait for Christ as we wait for salvation.
We wait for Christ as we wait to save each other.
We wait for Christ as we wait to save our enemies.
We wait for Christ.
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Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.