But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, 'Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'
The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
The Definition of 'hurry up and wait' is Jesus. As the 'Alpha and Omega' (Revelation 22:13), Jesus wrote the opening and conclusion of the drama we see on Earth. I call it, 'As The World Turns: The Real Story.' Within it, our Director makes two personal appearances: one has been and one is yet to come.
From the fall of Adam to the arrival of Jesus, millennia passed. God waited patiently, scene after scene, for His stage to be set, for His people to multiply, for His prophets to teach, and for a new generation of saints to mature: men and women who earnestly sought the Truth. In 'The fullness of time,' they found Him. His Name was Jesus.
And they hurried up to follow: 'Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him' (Mark 9:15). 'A large crowd followed and pressed around Him' (Mark 5:24).
Their long wait was over. Their big break had come--in signs, wonders, miracles and Words never seen or heard before. A New Covenant stood before them: Person to person. Arms open. No longer was He veiled. No longer was He misinterpreted. He made them a direct offer: a contract of entry into the Kingdom of God.
Once accepted, the deal was signed in Blood (His) and sealed by faith (ours).
Now here we are in the 21st century: the age of media, idol worship, narcissism and corruption on a massive scale. We don't like to wait, but most of us wait anyway: we wait on downloads, coffee, traffic jams, and the next new thing. We wait on agents, roles, unions, and stardom.
But do we hurry up and wait on Jesus?
I believe once again, God is raising a new generation of saints. They are truth seekers. They are truth tellers. They are actors, models and talent for Christ. Once again, Jesus is hurrying:
'Surely I am coming quickly' (Revelation 22:20). Mustn't we hurry too?
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.