…“Where is the promise of His coming? 2 Peter 3:4 (NKJV)
“Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!” the children cry!
“Are you ready for Christmas?” the friendly neighbors inquire.
“Only 16 more shopping days!” the store windows (and Facebook ads) proclaim.
Everywhere we see reminders that Christmas is just around the corner and we must hurry to be ready. But even more important than the arrival of Christmas is the return of this holiday’s namesake, Jesus the Christ is coming back to earth!
For over 400 years, God’s people waited for the first arrival of their promised Savior, Jesus Christ. When He came as a baby in a manger bed, only a few special people recognized Him for who He was, after waiting so long…Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wisemen, Simeon, and Anna. Will we recognize Jesus when He comes the second time?
You probably know the story very well…A Baby was born that first Christmas to a virgin whose name was Mary. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, coming humbly, not to a palace but to a stable. This same Baby Jesus grew up without sin, helping His earthly dad Joseph as a carpenter. But when He turned 30, His ministry began…healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, teaching the people about His Father, God. Then just three years later, this same Jesus gave His life for us on the cross. He could have called down legions of angels to rescue Him, but He did not, because He loved us and wanted to die for our sins. Then on the third day, He arose from the grave, conquering sin and death forever for all who believe in His Name. Forty days later He ascended to heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead. When He comes the second time, it won’t be as a baby in a manger seen only by a few, it will be as a Mighty King on a white horse, coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him and every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! (Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:31-35, Luke 2:7, Matthew 13:55, Luke 3:23, Luke 7:22-23, Matthew 26:53, John 3:16-17, Luke 24:1-7, Luke 24:50-53, Philippians 2:9-11, Revelation 19:11).
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)
So, this time of year and all year round, instead of children crying, “Christmas is coming,” we should be hearing…
“Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! Hosanna!” the children cry!
“Is your heart ready for Jesus?” the caring neighbors inquire.
“We don’t know the day nor the hour, so be ready!” the church windows proclaim.
…For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with equity. Psalm 98:9 (NKJV)
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Oh, precious one, beloved of God, prepare your heart for His coming, for He is coming soon. Ask Jesus to be your Savior today. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 1 John 2:28 (NKJV) He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13 (NKJV)
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. Zechariah 2:10 (NKJV)
I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7:13-14 (NKJV)
And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:9 (NKJV)
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savor, this Jesus is mine!
Living, He loved me;
Dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming — O, glorious day!
(J. Wilber Chapman, 1910).
Glorious Day (Living He loved me) ~Casting Crowns
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982