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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Dec 1

Written by: Andries
Sunday, December 01, 2019 1:55:53 AM  RssIcon

According to Luke’s Christmas story, as righteous and devout believers, the elderly Simeon and Anna were both hoping, waiting and watching for the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah to be fulfilled. They both hopefully expected the solace of God’s people, because God promised redemption during many centuries. (Luke 2: 26 - 38)
 
We need to know about watchmen to properly get their message and follow their example. In the ancient world when someone very special was expected, a watchman would be appointed to wait and watch for his arrival. The watchman would stand on the top of a hill or on the city wall and day and might keep watch until the expected person was seen at a distance. He would then vociferously announce his arrival!
 
Simeon and Anna were “watchmen”. They hoped, waited and watched for the coming of the Messiah. They were filled with great expectation, because it had been revealed to them by the Holy Spirit that they would see the promised Christ. (Lk 2:26).
 
Simeon was led by the Spirit to go to the temple with the promise that he would see the promised Christ.  When he saw Joseph and Mary with the Child in the temple, he held out his arms, held the Child, praised God and embraced the Advent, the coming, of the Messiah.
Only a handful of people recognized the infant Jesus for who he was. Anna, Simeon, and a small number of others acknowledged him to be the Messiah.
 
Simeon and Anna were both waiting and watching and praying for the Messiah's coming. This is why they were ready and able to recognize him, rejoice in him and believe in him when he came.
 
It is true that the Lord's Christ has already come to our world when he was born in Bethlehem. Do we hear that he is knocking on the door of the Church and is ready to feast with us if we recognise and embrace him as he comes to us to give us hope and bring us consolation and guide our lives day by day?
Do we live with eager hope and anticipation and with great expectation of what the Lord does when he comes to be with us?
 
I pray that we, like Simeon and Anna, will be watchmen. I pray that when the Lord's Christ comes to us, we will be ready and prepared like a bride for her groom.  And that we will receive from him, as we so desperately need, his very Sprit of hope, peace, joy and love.
May we be waiting and hoping for the joyful experience of the “consolation of God’s people”. May we live as watchmen, always ready to embrace the true life and eternal consolation that Jesus wants to give to us!
O come Lord Jesus, come to wipe the tears from our eyes!
 
Rev. 22: 17 and 20: The Spirit and the bride (his Church) say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 
  

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