I consider this work a work in progress.
It can be considered a Christmas poem. It can be considered a piece on the Gospel. It can be considered a prophetic word.
In any event, it fits this week leading into Christmas, and it is a good reminder after the events in Connecticut and around the world this past week.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared some thoughts on the two people, Simeon and Anna the Prophetess, who were waiting for the Messiah and saw Him in their old age. My thoughts concluded (indeed, centered around) expecting the soon return of the Messiah Jesus.
The entire reason for Jesus Coming to Earth was to save us from our sins and bring us into a right relationship with God. His return will be to finish the entire process, by bringing the physical up to speed with the spiritual, and bringing about ultimate peace on Earth for ever and ever.
It was easy for Jesus’ followers to forget His promise of coming back to life, and their new-found hope was a very pleasant surprise later at the resurrection of Jesus.
Because of His resurrection, we are able to give all of our troubles to Him, and we must remind ourselves of His soon return.
Now, see if you can find where I share each of these in this poem:
They waited for years,
worshiping God daily in prayer.
God ever feeling more near,
as they awaited His Answer.
As their twilight years waned,
dutifully keeping their stations,
in came a couple with a babe.
They knew they were seeing Salvation. (Luke 2:21-38)
They walked with Him for years,
gladly hearing what He taught.
Now they only had tears,
with their Lord dying on a cross.
We live for many years,
wandering all over this earth.
We have troubles and fears,
wondering if we have any worth.
As our strength begins to wane,
there is hope in each situation.
We must turn to the Lamb who was slain.
Our souls are renewed in seeing Salvation.
There are not too many years,
this world will soon be decimated.
For God-lovers are jeered,
while sin and pride are celebrated.
After His long-suffering has waned,
His wrath will pour out on the nations.
Yet we will be reborn in His Name,
when we finally are seeing Salvation. (Revelation)
We must remember that all people are seeking redemption.
Some seek it and must wait.
Some are swept up and almost miss it.
Some find it out of their pain.
All people one day will see the Redeemer bringing redemption to all of Creation.
At Christmas, we must remember that God loved us enough to save. He came to us, born as a baby. He lived a perfect life, and died as the only acceptable sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. He seeks us out, and will one glorious day return to claim His redeemed and redeem all of Creation.
That is the true promise of Christmas. Peace on Earth will only come at the final consummation. When we pray for peace on Earth, we are asking for Jesus to come and save us all, people and Creation!