Charles Montagu writes
“It’s been a year now – more than a year – since our interregnum began,” said one church warden to another.
Is that a long wait? In a way, yes. But there are other waits that have been much longer.
Paul wrote to the Galatians: But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship (Gal. 4:4-5).
The law was given through Moses around 1400 B.C.
Speaking of Abraham, Jesus said: ‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad’ (Jn. 8:56).
Abraham lived around 2000 B.C.
And right back at the beginning, God warned Satan that although he had won a temporary victory over Adam and Eve, one day one of her descendants would destroy him:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’ (Gen. 3:15).
So there was a long time to wait before the promised Saviour came. The world and the Jewish people had to be patient. So also, in many smaller situations in life, including times of interregnum, do we. God’s time scales are not the same as ours. I remember Martin Goldsmith, well-known missionary, author and teacher, saying humorously, “If I had been God, I would have sent Jesus much sooner!”
God has his purposes in these waiting times. We will not necessarily know or understand them. How much longer will our interregnum last? At present, we don’t know.
However, the time of waiting for our Saviour’s birth came to an end 2000 years ago. So it is our joy and privilege to wish all of our readers a truly wonderful and Christ-filled Christmas.