Anticipation

December 2, 2021

Matthew 1:1 NIV

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Today's Reading: Matthew 1:1-17

Devo Author: Robyn Yates

Date: December 2, 2021

I heard the good news on January 31st and shared it with everyone! I don’t mean just my friends and my work/church families.
I told the mailman,
the person cutting my hair,
the mechanic working on my car,
the girl delivering my vanilla diet coke at Sonic,
the guys at the car wash,
the grocery store check-out person,
and sometimes strangers in restaurants, stores, and ballgames!

My anticipation was palpable!

On March 16th, we heard the heartbeat. On April 28th, we saw a video with little hands and feet. On May 16th, we learned she was a girl. On July 19th, her name was set. On September 23rd, Linley Anita Yates made her appearance! And there was much rejoicing! I could hardly contain my excitement. I had pictures of her everywhere. I showed anyone and everyone I came across. My long-awaited niece had arrived and to this day, sixteen years later, I still rejoice over her. I take such joy in seeing her seek the Lord with her whole heart. 

I can clearly remember the almost painful anticipation of her birth. It seemed like the wait would never end, 9 WHOLE MONTHS! I prayed for her every day. I wrote letters and prepared gifts for her. I stocked my house with everything she could need while visiting. I imagined what she would be like and how our lives would intertwine. My heart was completely captured from the first moment I knew she was coming. There was another birth long awaited…..

Matthew 1:1-17 lists a genealogy that covers around 2,000 years. Did you get that? AROUND 2,000 YEARS! That is a long wait! This list includes men and women, Jews and gentiles, good and bad. Some were eagerly awaiting the Promised One and others, it seems, barely gave it a passing thought. Some prepared their hearts and lives while others chose to go their own ways. I imagine many lost heart in the waiting. They may not have forgotten He was promised, but they stopped anticipating. The advent season allows us to think about Jesus' arrival and to prepare our hearts and lives for Him–to anticipate. Let’s not just share the good news with only our friends and families. Let’s tell…
our mailman,
the person cutting our hair,
the mechanic working on our cars,
the girl delivering our sodas at Sonic,
the guys at the car wash,
the grocery store check-out person,
and even strangers in restaurants, stores, and ball games!

Let’s expectantly anticipate Jesus!

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, written 1774 by Charles Wesley.