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“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” Romans 8:19 (NRSV)


“He’s coming!  He’s coming!”  Our goddaughter had been waiting with her mom and brother at the side door of our church while Dad and I finished up a conversation. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but her dad and I could get into some extended conversations about lots of things that could wait. The rest of the family was ready to go … now Dad was too!

Waiting can take on plenty of forms, especially when we are speaking of waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

IMPATIENCE

Those who demand action are often impatient.  We could imagine that our God “owes” us. Christ’s return has been delayed, or it appears that way. It has been more than two millennia since our Lord promised to return and, upon His return, bring retribution upon our enemies. The signs of our Lord’s return include plenty of dire predictions and destruction, all of which we imagine will be visited by others.

FEAR AND DREAD

However, there are plenty of reasons to fear the coming of our Lord and dread his appearance. The prophet Isaiah says it well, “In our sins, we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?” Our righteous God SHOULD visit our iniquity with vengeance. We should be destroyed. As the prophet continued: even “our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” (Isaiah 64:5-6)

EXPECTATION

But the image I believe fits best with our Lord’s promised return: expectation of the joy that will be ours because of the salvation that is ours because of Christ’s sacrifice. As a pregnant mother and her spouse eagerly anticipate the gift of a child … as their families eagerly wait for the gift of a sibling or grandchild or niece (or nephew) or cousin … so we eagerly await the salvation that will be revealed as our Lord returns.

This is the reason to not only be joyful of Christ’s return … and soon … but also to prepare for it faithfully. “Be prepared,” is Jesus’ call and the call of the prophets. While it requires definitive action on our part, being prepared is less about the specifics of what we do to prepare and more about a way of life as we live prepared. Through faith in Christ, we have already been prepared to meet our Lord when he comes again. This one is not only our Lord, He is also our Savior. This one not only promised to destroy the unrighteous, but he has given to us His robe of righteousness to cover a myriad of sins, the sin that would otherwise separate us from God.

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