One of the themes relating to the life of Jesus is: Waiting in Expectation – Patience. To really dwell there. Patience is where you don’t want to be anyone else. There is a sense of...
One of the themes relating to the life of Jesus is: Waiting in Expectation – Patience.
To really dwell there. Patience is where you don’t want to be anyone else. There is a sense of connectedness: the past present and future are all gathered together here. It is an experience of grace.
Waiting is a Christian theme on many levels.
First, the whole Old Testament is a testament to waiting. From a New Testament point of view, people were waiting for the messiah. According to Christianity, this messiah is Christ. Paul says in Galatians 4:
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces[a] of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Second, we can say that Jesus also waited. He was on the father's timetable. John says that Jesus only did what the father called him to do. So, he was waiting on God.
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does
Finally, Christians should also wait on God. The Psalmist says:
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Based on all these texts, waiting is a Christian virtue - waiting for God's salvation.