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30 November 2016

Wednesday 30 November (Andrew the Apostle)

[Matthew 24: 29-35]

Waiting expectantly in anticipation of joy

The Coming of the Son of Man ushers in God’s Eternal Kingdom: uniting once again Heaven and Earth. The completion of God’s Plan, and the culmination of all the waiting of God’s people across the centuries.

In West Side Story Tony sings of his sense of bubbling excitement about a future he doesn’t yet know. “Something’s coming, something good, if I can wait. Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is, but it is gonna be great”. There is nothing going to be greater than the Coming of the Son of Man. Our human story, the story of God’s people, which we read in the Bible, is a story of waiting for this longed-for joyful event.

When we travelled anywhere with our children, the age-old cry would come from the back seat of the car “Are we nearly there yet?” So we would tell them what to look out for on the way – the signposts, the landmarks, how they would know when we were getting near – who would be the first one to see the sea? Throughout history, God’s people have been asking “Are we nearly there yet?” Prophets told them what to look out for, what to expect, and now Jesus tells the disciples – “this is how you’ll know”. When Christ comes in Glory we will be able to say – “Yes! We’re there! That’s what all those signs meant! God’s promise is fulfilled. Halleluiah!” And now we live in-between his First Coming and his Second Coming.

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 14-19