Jesus came the first time. Do you believe He won’t come a second time?
After all, He said He would. The Bible records Jesus’ second coming over eight times more than His first. His first coming is a validated, historical fact; therefore, His second coming will be as well.
The season of Advent is upon us. For those who aren’t aware, Advent is the four weeks prior to Christmas. It means, “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” For many Christians, Advent is a time to mark the waiting period prior to the Christ’s first arrival.
However, it also marks the waiting period before His second arrival.
In my house, Advent is spent following Ann Voskamp’s Advent Devotional book (available here.) We light candles, freak out our neighbors by giving them anonymous cards (true story), make crosses out of sticks and put them in our window sill. We even displayed a baby Jesus in our living room. (Only we didn’t have a manger, so we had to use an empty flower pot. And the baby Jesus had one eye half closed all Christmas, plus He was almost naked.)
As much fun as it is, we know the meaning of Advent: He’s coming.
Yes, we watch. We wait. Because even though He may not come before Christmas, He is coming soon. He may not come in the next ten or twenty years, but He will come. The world is crying, groaning, screaming, weeping for a Savior who heals the wounds and cleanses the cuts and bruises. It is dying for a Savior to bind up its brokenness and cover the gaping, gnashing holes we have left behind. It is buckling and cowing and wailing under the pressure of being without Him.
I often ask those who have been watching for a long time, “Why do you feel His coming is near?” Their replies are similar:
“I can feel it.”
I can too. And if you are a believer – maybe even if you’re not – you can, too. Our world, on its current path, is unsustainable.
This Advent, light your candles. Sing your songs. Freak out your neighbors. However, as you’re singing, dancing, and enjoying the lights, don’t forget to watch. Because as Jesus came the first time, He will come a second.
“Behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of prophecy in this book.”