Jesus is Coming Again

He is indeed! He came once to “…put away sin by the sacrifice of himself...” Hebrews 9:26. We are so glad He came! There is an old thanksgiving hymn we used to sing;

“In loving kindness Jesus came,
My heart in mercy to reclaim,
and from the depth of sin an shame,
in love he lifted me“.

With joy and thanksgiving we are celebrating the fact that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14. Paul, in his first letter to Timothy quotes the words of another early hymn that says of Jesus:

“God was manifest in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen of Angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory”
1 Tim. 3:16

That first coming of Christ was full of wonder. Glorious light surrounded the Shepherds as they kept watch over their sheep in the fields and the skies filled with praise as the angels sang praises to God. He came to “seek and to save that which was lost”. He came “To reveal the Father”. He came to heal and to save, and to bring new hope.

As we celebrate that first great ‘appearing’ of our Lord Jesus Christ, let’s remember as well the promise of his second ‘appearing’, yet to come. Hebrews 9:28 “…Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the sins of many. He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for him”.

On that day, at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11. On that day those same angels will be joined by the people from every nation who have been saved by grace. Trumpets will be raised to a million lips and cymbals will sound in ever rising crescendo – voices will join in the increasing chorus – new words and worship phrases will be created as millions of glorified voices begin to sing new harmonies. Human technology will fade into oblivion as holy flashings of sparkling light fills the cosmos. Wave upon wave of liquid praise will roll like waves as we celebrate victory in Jesus’ name.

Even as we celebrate Christ’s birth, we celebrate too that he died and rose again, and that he is coming as he said he would.  In the words of Revelation 22:20 we respond; “AMEN, COME LORD JESUS.

Be blessed with overcoming joy, and heavenly anticipation.

Eddie.

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