by Harry K. Zeiders
According to Walmart and the City of Emporia, it seemed that as soon as Halloween was over, we were supposed to start focusing on Christmas . . . giving short shrift not only to Thanksgiving but also to Advent. What is ‘Advent’, you ask? Advent is the season of expectation and preparation during the 4 weeks before Christmas that get us ready to really appreciate and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. The English word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which simply means “the coming” or “the arrival”.
But Advent is more than just a historical looking back to the first arrival of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago in the ancient town of Bethlehem. Advent is also future-oriented, looking ahead to the second coming of Jesus — he promised that he was coming again. And the prophecies in the Bible about Jesus coming again, make it clear that when he comes again, this time he will be coming not as a meek baby being born as a human again, but as the triumphant God-king who has defeated sin and death. The Second Coming of Jesus will be a Jesus you don’t want to mess with!
The Second Coming of Jesus will be a Jesus you don’t want to mess with!
He will not be coming again to suffer on the cross and lay down his life as he did last time. No, this time will be a time of judgment against all those who have refused his love and refused to walk in his ways. As someone else has put it, Advent challenges “the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement.”
Why should we look forward to Jesus coming again? Because this will be the time we all have been longing for . . . the time of all injustice, all wrongs, all sin, all the brokenness of the world coming to an end. His new coming will be the fulfillment of all good hopes and dreams. It will be the time of his will being fully done on earth as in heaven.
Q: Why should we look forward to Jesus coming again?
A: . . . this will be the time we all have been longing for . . .
If we truly love the Jesus who came to earth 2,000 years ago, we will love the Jesus who is coming again. If we align ourselves with the Jesus of yore, we have nothing to fear. If we are in awe of him, we have everything to look forward to.
Advent reminds us to connect the dots between the two comings of Jesus. Are you ready to welcome not only the little baby of Bethlehem but also the coming king?
Are you ready to welcome not only the little baby of Bethlehem but also the coming king?