How much more should we love the reappearing of Christ, our final sacrifice for sin. His promised second coming means his blood sacrifice has been accepted in the heavenly sanctuary. His life has atoned for ours forever. His love has satisfied all holy wrath. His death has put death to death. His life has brought us “to live is Christ.”
The final advent is now something we actually look forward to with great anticipation. In fact, our entire lives, our entire ethic, our entire motivation is rooted in this return of the King. It is not our greatest fear. It is our greatest hope!
May we today and every day pray, “Come Lord Jesus!”, while we remember that our Lord Jesus has already come into our hearts. This new year may we live as if we are already there. Let’s live as if “to live is Christ.”
What grace! He comes to us – again. We don’t climb up to him. He returns to restore not only our spiritual relationship to God, but also our physical relationship to God. This is the fullness of God’s salvation.
How do we know that God is rescuing us? Because one day another angelic advent will occur. God will ride down on his cherub again. This time visible to the whole world. Smoke from his nostrils and fire from his mouth. And all the world will see him. No more veil of darkness. Just light.
How many Christians are secretly dreading the return of Jesus? Because they haven’t grasped what “to live is Christ” really means. They don’t eagerly wait for Christ because they fear that he will return to deal with sin. Their sin.