Written by Katie Walker
The first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday of hope. At the time Jesus was born, Israel desperately needed some hope. They were the subjects of Rome – a country that ruled with an iron fist. Four hundred years had passed since the Israelites had heard a new message from God. Over their entire history, Israel had been a punching bag for surrounding nations. The Israelites spent a significant amount of their existence as slaves or vassals. They were beaten down and in need of a rescue.
“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. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought the child Jesus to do for Him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.’”
In Luke 2, we learn about a man named Simeon who was hoping to see Israel’s savior and he did in baby Jesus.
So that begs the question of us: what are you hoping for? A certain present? A good grade? A relationship? An acceptance letter? A dream job? A family?
There’s a song by U2 called “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” This song talks about our condition perfectly. We will all climb highest mountains, run through the fields, and scale city walls to get that thing we’re hoping for, but Bono’s right, it still won’t be what we’re looking for.
CS Lewis said, “What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.”
When we get what we want, it may satisfy us for a time, but it won’t forever. When Simeon got what he wanted, it was good enough for him to be dismissed in peace. We will not find “good enough” until we are face to face with Jesus Christ.
Advent is the hope for that time when we will be totally satisfied in Christ, when we see Him face to face.
Like Simeon, we live in a time of brokenness. So we emulate what he did. We wait with hope that one day soon we will see our Savior.