A KING FOR ALL SEASONS
By OMER HANCOCK
Waiting makes life difficult. Some people have two seasons of the year. One is the Christmas season. The other – waiting for Christmas. Yes, waiting isn’t easy.
Threaded throughout the Old Testament and the Intertestamental period (between the Old Testament and the New Testament) God’s covenant people continued to accelerate their hope in waiting for the Messiah, the anointed one, the Savior. A Jewish writing near the beginning of the Roman period and prior to the birth of Jesus expressed the intense and growing hope of a messianic king. “Behold, O Lord, and raise up to them their king, the son of David, at the time known to you, O God, in order that he may reign over Israel your servant.” (Psalms of Solomon 17:21). About a century ago, Charles Kent wrote, “Eternal hopefulness is a marked characteristic of the Hebrew Race.”
The yearning of Israel’s hope found its home in the coming of Jesus Christ (Messiah) to earth. “When the time was fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Simeon beheld the baby Jesus to be the long awaited Savior and declared: “You (Lord) prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples. It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.” (Luke 2:31-32)
Jesus embodies and fulfills the hope of the ages. Jesus, who is “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,” (Revelation 19:16) offers hope to all the nations.
The Christmas story excludes no one. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus . . . There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26, 28)
Do you need hope traveling through the Christmas season? Seek to commit your life to receive the hope of the ages, Jesus Christ. The Lord wants to meet you exactly where you are. Hope in Christ Jesus supports and guides you – through seasons of unsettling anxiety, assorted fears, fractured relationships, problematic finances, worrisome health, inevitable aging, and penetrating grief. Hope in Christ Jesus provides purpose and meaning. May the Savior King who came in the fullness of time enter your life and make possible the fullness of your present time. We wait for Christmas Day. We wait not to experience the hope of King Jesus Christ.
“The world hopes for the best, but the Lord offers the best hope.” (John Wesley)
Where are you struggling to have hope? Pursue God and ask Him to meet you there in that space.
Omer Hancock is a retired religion professor at Hardin-Simmons University. He originally wrote this meditation for his church, Pioneer Drive Baptist, and graciously shared it with Spirit of Abilene.