The Second Advent
Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him
He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Advent is not just about looking back to Christ’s birth in His first coming, but also about looking forward to His second coming. Just as Israel awaited the coming of the Messiah, so we too await in eager anticipation for the Lord to return to make all things right and all things new. Consider the lyrics of the beloved Christmas hymn, Joy to the World, in light of the return of Christ.
“Joy to the world! / The Lord is come / Let earth receive her King! / Let every heart prepare Him room / And heaven and nature sing / And heaven and nature sing. / He rules the world with truth and grace / And makes the nations prove / The glories of His righteousness / And wonders of His love.”
The repeated promise of the New Testament is that Christ Jesus will come again as the King of Kings to reign over all the earth in righteousness, truth, and grace. We will dwell with Him forever, rejoice in the wonders of His love, and “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
In our world today with so much fear, uncertainty, and confusion – this is the great and guaranteed hope we have in Christ!
Lord God, thank You for giving me a living hope. Help me to live in light of eternity, looking forward to the return of Your Son, and telling the world of the wonders of your love. In Jesus name. Amen.