What Child Is This? The Christmas Anthem

Series: What Child Is This

Sunday, December 24, 2017 | By Gary Holmes

What Child Is This? The Christmas Anthem

What child is this? He is the Messiah, the Christ, the Lord, the One we have been waiting for all these years! Kids around the world have the hardest time waiting until Christmas morning arrives. For many, the longest night of waiting of all 365 nights of the calendar is the one landing between

Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Will the waiting ever cease? Will the dawn of Christmas morning ever arrive? How much longer until we can leave our beds and open the morning with celebration and joy? It is hard to wait for the arrival.

We are called to be the waiting people…let me explain.

The theme, command, and call to “wait” is one that recurs over and over throughout the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. Waiting on the Lord is not intended to be a passive part of life. Rather, biblical waiting is meant to be done with active engagement. When waiting is mentioned in the Old Testament, the emphasis revolves around the daily walk with God and the need to wait on God’s provision and care within the pressures and needs of our life. The primary emphasis of waiting that is mentioned in the New Testament centers on waiting for the return of Jesus. The waiting for Jesus’ second advent should have an impact on how we position and live our lives as followers of His as we continue to walk through life in our day to day relationship with Him through the power of His Holy Spirit.

Answering the question: “What Child Is This?” makes all the difference for a life of meaning and purpose, centered in the advent of God’s love, forgiveness, reconciliation. Just like the story of Simeon, receiving this child in the temple, and declaring, “…my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)

The child is near. Will we receive him?

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Luke 2:25-32

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