“Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Today, December 1st, is the first day of Advent in the Christian church. According to an official definition of the word, Advent, it is derived from the Latin word which means coming. In a world where many of our gratifications happen almost instantaneously, it is difficult to consider having to wait for anything. It is true that I write often on this topic of “waiting” but it is because it is simply a fact and to wait on anything seems like such an inconvenience.
God sent signs and instructed the prophets on the “coming” of The Messiah. As a matter of fact, God began preparing us for His arrival from the third chapter of the Book of Genesis when mankind sinned in the beautiful garden God had given to them. Thousands of years later, His coming “became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) Jesus, Immanuel, became God with us.
Today, we anticipate another “Advent.” “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22-23) Jesus IS coming back again! At just the right and perfect time, He will arrive. Scripture tells us “You must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)
As you and I celebrate the birth of Jesus Who came to be our Savior, we must look around us. Those who have rejected Jesus and continue to deny Him as Savior, will, when Jesus comes again, face Him as Judge! While I am excited to think about His return one day, I am also saddened by the fact, that on that day, some will perish because of their choices made now. Please join together in prayer for those who believe there will always be time.
Father God, only You know the hour and day of your return to this earth. Quicken the heart, mind and spirit of each soul to desire your salvation through Jesus Christ, Messiah and Lord. AMEN
To The One Who “is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)