Pastor’s Pen: Tired of waiting
Waiting. I’ve never been very good at it. Lately, though, it seems I’ve had to do it a lot. Waiting behind slow traffic … Waiting for food at a restaurant … Waiting for a plane … Waiting for a package … It seems a lot of time spent waiting and I don’t really care for it. I would prefer things get done right away. “Let’s stop sitting around talking about it. Let’s do it.”
We tend to think that it’s an ‘American’ thing or our ‘microwave’ society that promotes our desire to be done waiting, but even in Jesus’ day people didn’t want to wait.
What were they waiting for? In Luke 7, John the Baptist sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the One who was to come or should we expect someone else?” John the Baptist was waiting for The Messiah to usher in the kingdom of God. I personally think he wanted to be done waiting, especially being in prison. In that passage Jesus goes on to prove He could heal the sick, raise the dead and preach the Good News showing that He was indeed the Messiah. John need not wait any longer.
In John 4, the woman at the well states, “I do know that the Messiah is coming. When He arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”
Jesus replies, “I am He. You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”
I think that woman was thrilled to be finished waiting.
And in John 11, Lazarus has died. Martha realizes that “he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time.”
What does Jesus say? “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.” Then he raised Lazarus from the dead! Martha was excited that her waiting was over.
I know I need to work on patience and waiting, but it’s good to know I don’t need to wait for salvation. Salvation has come. Jesus has arrived. He is the Messiah long awaited and the Life we all need. He is the Lamb slaughtered for the forgiveness of sins. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Today is the day of salvation”. What are you waiting for?