Modern followers of Jesus know very well what it feels like to be waiting for God to send someone to deliver us from the trials of this world. Like our pre-incarnation counterparts, we do not know when, where, or how God will send His Messiah – His son – to earth. We do have Scripture to tell us that Jesus promised to return for us at the end of days, but the past 2000 years have, frankly, left us hanging.
Innumerable followers have believed that Jesus would return during their life time, but so far none have seen that fulfillment. You can’t really blame a person for starting to wonder whether or not He really meant it. Maybe He won’t really come back. Maybe we misunderstood. Maybe He meant something else…
We do believe that He is coming, but in His timing…when it is the right time. Until then, we wait.
Now, I don’t know, but I imagine, the Israelites of Jesus’ day – when and if they thought about the Messianic prophecies – might have started to feel like there was some kind of disconnect between what they thought was going to happen and what appeared to actually be happening. They certainly weren’t too impressed with what showed up, from what we have been told. Can you blame them?
Take some time this week to read over the Messianic prophecies and a few examples of other people that had been chosen to lead the Israelites. Talk with your child about what expectations the Jews may have had for the Messiah, leading up to the discussions next week regarding who Jesus turned out to be. Next week we will discuss why God did choose to send His son in the way that He did…and why we have reason to be so joyful about it that we still celebrate the occasion 2000 some-odd years later!
There are many adventures to be had this week, so enjoy studying and reenacting a little Biblical history with your kids. We had a blast and I hope you do, as well.
Waiting for the Messiah
Read these verses and show your child what many of the Israelites might have been looking for in an Anointed One, or Messiah. Try to help your child get an idea for what it might have felt like to be waiting for a new leader, and to feel like God may never fulfill His promise in your lifetime. Come up with some ways that your child would personally relate to waiting for something that is important to them. Christmas morning is an easy one!
Show them one of their Christmas presents, wrapped and waiting for them to open…on Christmas morning (or Eve, if you like to open one then). You might want to choose a gift that might be unexpected…one that might need a bit of explaining to understand why it is so cool or special. Perhaps a game – it might not look to exciting, but the fun will be in playing it TOGETHER on family nights…you get the idea.
Tell them that it is a special gift that they will get to unwrap, but they have to wait until the right time…Christmas morning! If your kids are anything like mine, it will drive them crazy. Lol. Please don’t hunt me down, if they drive YOU crazy. 😉
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
to be continued… 😉