It is a natural for man to have longings. Longing is a feeling of wanting something or someone very much. It may be food or traveling to a particular location. For example, I have longed to travel to Niagara Falls in the United States of America. In this article, we look at what Abraham longed for during his lifetime in line with the Christmas season. Before doing this, we must appreciate God, who made us alive at this time of the year.
The Christmas celebration is focused on the birth of Jesus. Without Christ, there will be no Christmas. I always wonder why the whole world kept celebrating a man whose influence on earth was not political. Stronger kings and politicians have come and gone and are not remembered like we always remember Christ annually. In fact, we always have two holidays centered on him alone: one for his death and resurrection (easter) and the other for his birth (christmas).
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.
Above were the words of Jesus. Jesus said Abraham longed to see his days. The Jews and religious leaders who heard Jesus say this was mad at him because Jesus was not up to fifty years old at the time. Between Abraham and Jesus, there are two thousand years. Hence, they are unable to reconcile Jesus’ claim. No attempt would be made in this article to determine what Jesus meant by his claim, nor would I make any effort to indicate how Father Abraham saw Jesus’ days.
Rather, a brief examination of why Abraham longed for the days of Jesus will be explored. Men of certain stature do not long for some things because they can access them. For instance, the driver or chauffeur of the Nigerian president may long to be introduced to the ambassador of the United States, but the Nigerian president will have no such longing.
Looking at Abraham’s stature, wealth, influence, and greatness, his longing for Jesus means Jesus is of a higher stature. Abraham already had a relationship with God and could hear God, yet he longed for Jesus’ days. Remember, it is a common saying that if the wise men sought Jesus, surely it is the right thing for anyone to do. Evidently, Abraham is greater than all the wise men because he is regarded as the father of faith. No other bible character compares to this great man. Regardless of Abraham’s stature, he longed for the days of Jesus.
As we celebrate Christmas, may I let you know that you also need a personal relationship with Jesus if you are yet. No matter the definition of your spirituality and religion, you need Jesus Christ. Wealth or influence cannot take his place in your life. Remember that God will not do anything to anyone in this end time but through Jesus.
Hebrews 1:1-2 (BLT)
God, having spoken long ago to our fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the ages.
Tell Jesus to come into your heart. Tell him to be your saviour. I would love to hear from you.