The Christian life is a living pronouncement of joyful patience and this is made explicitly clear in the Advent season. In Advent we are full of joy patiently waiting for Christmas.
The history of man was longing for the birth of Christ. From Genesis 3:15 until the crucifixion of Jesus (John 12:31-33) the saints of God have been marked by joy and patience in that they would be delivered and the nations gathered.
Adam and Eve bore a son and surely thought this was the Seed from Yahweh to crush the Serpent (Genesis 4:1), but they had to wait. Noah was promised a world without the wicked hearts of men, but he would have to wait. Abraham was promised a seed to become a nation and bless the nations, but he would have to wait. Jacob was promised a kingdom, but he would have to wait. Moses was promised Canaan, but he would have to wait. David was promised an everlasting throne, but he would have to wait.
And that patient waiting is waiting no more. Christ has come, the God-man born: the Seed to crush the Dragon, the God-man to cleanse the hearts of men, the King of kings ruling the nations, the everlasting Son of David on the throne, the Life of the world to overcome death, the Hero to set the captives free. So, come.
And Paul writes speaking of the patient saints in Hebrews,
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them” Hebrews 11:13-16.
Abraham looked for the city built by God (Hebrews 11:8-10), it has come and is now coming (Revelation 21:1-4). The promise is fulfilled and being fulfilled. The Advent season celebrates the patient faith of our fathers and mothers looking forward to the redemption and reconciliation of all things. The Advent season celebrates the fullness of God’s promises in the birth of Christ upon whom is the convergence of all things. The Advent season is a reminder to be joyful and patient. Just as Christ came, He will come.
We live now between the Advent of Jesus and the Advent of Jesus and the church proclaims the Advent of Jesus. So, come.
We speak to one another in the joyful and patient faith of Abraham, “come and worship.”
We speak to the lost and perishing the words of faith, “Come and live.”
We speak to the brokenhearted, “Come and rejoice.”
We speak to the the world, “Come for Christ has come and will come.”
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
And the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:16-17
Come, for this is Christmas. Receive your King with joy.