River City Spokane


Wait: Reflecting on Jesus


Hey everyone, Merry Christmas! This is Kerr, the church planter and one of the elders of River City Church. Welcome to our gospel home brew. May the God of the word brew in you so that He can stir in others.

Today marks the beginning of our Journey with Jesus through the Advent season. As you learned in the origins and purpose brew, Advent is so much more than just a one day celebration.

So let us begin our brewing through Advent together. Open you Bible to Psalm 130:5-6. May these Scriptures stir something in you today.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

Wait.

This honestly is not a word we naturally enjoy hearing.

Could it be, because in our English language, this word tends to take on the idea of passivity or even boredom.

Could it be, because in your life, you have had people tell you this and very rarely have kept their promise.

Or maybe, it is because we by nature are impatient people.

We open our Advent teaching up with this word knowing that this will be the tendency of people when they first hear it. But, let me tell you something, if God asks us to wait, He intends on making the wait worth it.

Advent is the season of waiting. It is a time when we have the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of this season. And not just the meaning of the season, but what this season means for us.

Notice the author of Psalm 130’s heart. There is not any inclination of passivity here. Dwell on these verses this week, and continue to read them to yourself and out loud and sense what the author is saying.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

What is he waiting on?

What is he saying about God?

What is he saying about himself?

What is he saying about us?

He uses the word four times. Wait four times? I only notice three. In the Hebrew language, the word for wait is also the word for hope. So technically, you could read “wait for the Lord” as “hope in the Lord.” To the mind of God there is no difference between waiting and hoping. They are one and the same. These Scriptures that we read, is about an active waiting. And when you read these verses with the rest of the verses in the chapter you see what the author is longing for. The Psalmist is not saying, “God if you feel like it,” but is saying, “I know you will…I am waiting because I know you are coming. This is where my hope lies.” This passage is revealing to us what we desperately need. We need Jesus. We needed Jesus to come. We need Jesus to forgive us of our rebellion. We needed Jesus to save us, because if he did not “Who could stand?”

No one could.

The Advent season is exactly about God answering this cry. He did come. He came exactly the way we needed Him to, and not the way we wanted him too. Throughout the Old Testament, the authors, write over and over again about the Light the world needs because it is a dark place. But not only the world, be we ourselves are dark. And we are darker than we would like to admit, but we are loved more than we can imagine.

Our hearts and lives need to constantly be in the state of waiting, because we are so prone to overlook things. We came when we need Him to and instead of adoration we had rejection. But thank God, God took rejection for our salvation.

So how does this author wait?

More than a watchman for the morning!

He is an active God, who this author is actively waiting and longing for. The question I asked myself, when reading this Psalm passage was: would this describe how I am following and loving Jesus?

And active waiting does not mean you have to do lots of things. Sure, there are a lot of things you need to do this season, but ask yourself do you really have to do them? We can be active and not be waiting. You see the word wait puts you in your place to allow you to dwell on what or whom you really need.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning

Some may say, “Well, he is waiting on being rescued.” However, I see something different. He is waiting for the rescuer. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord…let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy…with you there is forgiveness…I wait for the Lord…with the Lord there is steadfast love and with him is plentiful redemption…He will redeem…” There is a difference between wanting to be rescued and waiting to meet the rescuer. The writer is waiting (hoping) in being made right with God. And he knows God will come because he is loved by God. This is a cry from a heart that loves the one he is writing about.

How would God respond to this cry of waiting and hoping?

He would give them a sign to wait for. A sign of the ultimate display of his love.

What sign?

The sign that a prophet made known to God’s people, but very few would believe it. Isaiah would write with tears in his eyes, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel…For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given…He shall be called Wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of peace…” (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)

You see this sign was God making known of His love for His children. They were captured children and lost children crying out, “Daddy!” and instead of silence they would hear a voice shout back, “Wait, I am coming for you! I am coming, hold on! Just wait for me!” And He would come. He did come. He was worth the wait.

This is the same thing the disciples felt when Jesus left them. Matthew 24:36-44, Jesus is letting his children know that he is coming again and nothing is going to stop him. He wants them to actively wait for Him and call others to do the same. And he wants them to be ready, by first waiting.

You see, when he is coming is not important, but what is important is that he is coming. What the author of psalm cried out for (forgiveness of sins) has happen because God “emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

And what Jesus told his disciples (Him coming back) will happen because God “has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus did come.
Jesus will come again.
Jesus loves you more than you can imagine.
Jesus will forgive you and will continue to forgive you.
Jesus will always fight for you.
Jesus will speak to you.
Jesus will wage a war for you.
Jesus is what you need most.
Jesus has given Himself to you.
Jesus is the one you are truly waiting for.

Waiting is the discipline we need to reflect on Jesus more than anything else this season.

This is what we celebrate for Advent and Christmas as children of God. I pray that this is news you would share with those around you. Christmas means so much more for us! Christmas is showing that there is no god like our God! He is a God who came, comes, and will come again.

Each week as you journey through Advent make this declaration in your heart and with your mouth

Lord make my heart, mind, soul and strength wait because Jesus is the light of the world, the Light no darkness can overcome.

This is Kerr, may these scriptures remind you to wait with attentiveness, because the Light who is coming into the world again already shines in the world if only we will wait then we will truly see. May you wait and hope in God.

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