The countdown started well before Thanksgiving and with each passing day, the excitement and preparations for its arrival have been accelerating. Lights and decorations have been put up, stores are full, and music is filling the air.
A lot of people, especially children, were eagerly anticipating a very special event that takes place today! Truly, it’s a very busy time of the year!
And it’s all in preparation for what? Well, any child can tell you – “A visit from Santa Claus, of course!”
And remember, “He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! You better not pout, you better not cry – you better watch out, I’m telling you why – Santa Claus is coming to town!”
Well, maybe for some, but not for me.
The One I’m waiting for won’t be coming from the North Pole and riding in a sleigh. Instead, He’s coming from Heaven, and arriving on the clouds of the sky! Millions all over the world are waiting. And He’s got gifts based not on how good I’ve been, but His grace.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Take the time today to consider Jesus…to get excited about His coming. Children are excited about the coming of a round man in a red suit with toys tucked under his arm. You and I can be excited about the coming of our King dressed in all His radiance and riding the clouds of heaven.
In 2 Peter 3:11-12 we’re told to look forward to the Lord’s return. The Apostle also asks; what kind of people should we be? We should have a childlike enthusiasm and excitement.
I’m excited for you this Christmas because many of you will get what you want. But I can assure you of one thing, whatever you get is going to wear out. It may wear out because you use it a lot. It may wear out because you get bored with it and never pick it up. But I assure you that everything you get this Christmas is going to wear out.
When Jesus gives gifts they never wear out. He has come to give us eternal life, the privilege of sharing eternity before His glorious throne for all time.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited that He is coming to town. I don’t know the hour or the day. But there’s one thing I know – He’s coming to town!
He’s coming back for those who’ve received Him as King and Lord of their life. When He comes back there’ll be no mistaking Him. He won’t be riding on a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, He’ll be riding the clouds of Heaven and His radiance will flood the universe.
Where is your excitement level this Christmas? Are you overburdened by your list of things “to do” which seems twice as long as your children’s “wish list?” Are you excited about seeing what you’ll find under the tree on Christmas morning? Are you excited to see family & friends that you haven’t seen in some time?
Question: Are you excited because the Lord is coming to town?
© 2019 Nick Zaccardi