Today, we know that Jesus came to us as a baby and that He was the promised Messiah. We also know that in a few short months we will commemorate His death on Calvary for our sins at Easter. These are wonderful traditions in the Christian faith, and I engage myself as much as I can when they come.
John Stott said we live between the already and the not yet. In many ways, when we read the Old Testament we should be able to relate to Israel not only in their rebelliousness and lack of faith, but also in their patience in waiting for God's promised Messiah to rescue them from their captivity from sin and death. While we are no longer under the dominion of sin, we all still face death and this world is continuing to decay under the original curse. We, too, are waiting to be delivered from the godless world we live in and the destruction of our own sin.