When people think of the Christmas story, they often go to the book of Luke in the Bible. Years of hearing Linus recite the story of the shepherds put the words of Luke in people’s hearts. And for some people, it isn’t Christmas until they hear Linus.
And they wait with great anticipation. They check the listings. They clear their schedules. Even though they can watch the videotape over and over again, they wait eagerly for the coming of the “Charlie Brown Christmas.”
If you are like those people, then Luke wrote about you. He wrote about that kind of anticipation, that kind of looking forward, that kind of longing.
For the next 25 days, we’ll look at those people, at that kind of longing.
And we’ll start with Elizabeth and Zechariah in Luke 1.
Elizabeth and Zechariah were righteous, blameless…and barren.
They were comparatively older. They wanted a baby. If she had visited a fertility specialist, the response would have been, “It would take a miracle.”
It wasn’t right, somehow. E and Z knew in their hearts, “We do everything right, we do everything we think that God is wanting us to do and….nothing.” He was even part of the staff of the temple, going up to Jerusalem on a regular basis to take his turn serving God.
Did they ever wonder, “Why bother?”
Lots of people think that about church, about being moral, about being good.
- “What good does it do me?”
- “I’ve been good for a week, and nothing happened.”
- “I’ve been good all year, and I still got coal in my stocking.”
- “I tried being good, and look what it got me.”
Elizabeth and Zechariah did, finally, have a son. And, after about thirty years, his head was cut off. But in the meantime, God was amazing. John, their son, the child that couldn’t have been born, upset the whole social structure. He paved the way for the One to come, for the Person who would follow.
So how long do you wait?
Until whatever you are waiting for absolutely couldn’t happen…without a miracle.