Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
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As it happens, I am writing this lesson on the day before Christmas. As I read and re-read the Bible Lesson, then contemplate that in a few hours I will sit in a service where we will watch shepherds and wise men and the Holy Family, I smile at the disconnect between Chapter 5 of Revelation and the manger scene. What does that birth site have to do with a scene where “myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands” (Revelation 5:11) bow in adoration?
Then I remind myself that, in truth, the two scenes fit together perfectly. Neither scene is complete without the other. By itself, the manger scene is a lovely and sentimental story, which is the way much of our culture insists on treating the Christmas season. Yet, if there were no manger scene, the triumph portrayed in the Book of Revelation would not be able to reveal the full wonder of God’s love. God’s victory began, not with a display of massive power, but with the humility displayed in God’s willingness to enter our world as a helpless, newborn child.
At Christmas we sing, “O come, let us adore him.” In God’s good time, a chorus beyond numbering will be singing that song.