Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here are a few lines from what he said this week, the third Sunday of Advent.
A patient waiting, however, isn’t the only kind of waiting that James referred to. His second kind of waiting is one we might be less enthusiastic about. He described it as waiting through suffering.
I wonder how many of you know what it is to suffer with no end in sight, whether that’s physically or mentally or emotionally.
And this brings us back to John, languishing in prison, thinking about Jesus, wondering if he really was the one he had been sent to announce.
Matthew tells us that this caused John to send messengers to Jesus to ask just that question. “Are you the one we should be looking for? Or must we wait for someone else?”
I want to suggest that this is the kind of question that should be asked by people of faith. If we do not ask this question at times, perhaps often, then perhaps we do not fully appreciate the times in which we live or the purpose for which Jesus came.
[Reflecting on Matthew 11 and James 5]