The Holy season of Christmas gives me much time to ponder the things of old. Think about that time when men hungered and anticipated the birth of the long-awaited and promised Messiah. How they must have looked forward to that wonderful day, a day above all days when the world would see God’s power revealed! A day when He would claim the earth as His own. A day that had been foretold for centuries.
Now, after many more centuries, the question is begged of us, “What if we anticipated the return of Christ with such expectancy as those believers of old?” It is promised to be a time when Jesus will again show the world His power and claim His reign as King of ALL Kings!
I must admit that I have missed this. What it is to anxiously await the coming Messiah? Yes, He has already entered our world, but He has promised He will come again. We must live in that expectation! Imagine what it would look like to the watching world if we lived with that promise in mind? What excitement it would elicit. How it would change our decisions and plans and actions!
Something as simple as a Babe in a manger. Something as profound as a King coming to reign. All the anticipation of a needy people awaiting their Messiah. All this wrapped together in one beautiful package!
Won’t you join me as we await and long for His return?
Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelations 19:11-16
Oh, yes! To live with that anticipation…
Some days I have a deeper longing than other days. Some days I am desperately longing for His return. And other times I think, Wait. He can’t come back yet. Not everyone knows Him!
What if the visible longing with which we lived caused others to desire Him, too?
That would be beautiful.
I’m learning what taking thoughts captive really looks like, as I focus on God’s plan for me and the expectation of our Savior’s love and care for each of us. He truly watches over his own! Thanks for sharing.