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, are eagerly anticipating a very special event that will take place tonight. 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!”
Maybe some, but not 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 for His arrival.
He will also be bringing gifts with Him. The good news is that His gifts are not based on how good I’ve been, but by 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.
I think that it’s fun to watch the excitement grow on the faces of our children as Christmas approaches. With each passing day the grins grow, the adrenaline level rises, and the expectation almost bursts from every pore.
We should be even more excited! 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 Jesus Christ, dressed in all His radiance and riding the clouds of heaven.
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Every eye will see Him! Not just a private return. But when? We know when the Christmas deadline is. We like to be ready.
But with Christ, we only know that He’s coming, not when. Actually – He told us that He’d arrive when we aren’t expecting Him.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited that Jesus is coming to town. I don’t know the hour or the day. I don’t know much, but there’s one thing I do 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’s 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 and friends that you haven’t been with for some time?
Or…are you excited because the Lord is coming to town?
Have a blessed Christmas holiday!
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi