This week we continue the season of Advent by lighting the 5th and final candle, the Christ candle. Our 2011 Advent theme is “How Long, O Lord?” and each week we’ll be looking at a passage of Scripture that focuses on the Second Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Our text this week comes from Revelation 22:6-7:
- And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place. And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”
This week we light the Christ candle. What a perfect morning to talk about Jesus Christ coming again on the morning when we celebrate Jesus Christ coming the first time. The first time there was no room in the inn. The first time He was born a babe. The first time He was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. In all lowliness Jesus came the first time. But, when Jesus Christ comes again, it will not be in lowliness. He will come in might and justice and power. The first He came bringing peace to all who will call on the name of the Lord. But, when Christ comes again, He will be bringing destruction to all who love their sin more than God, to all refuse to call on the name of the Lord.
Friend, this Christmas week, would you receive the gift of Jesus Christ? He was long-awaited the first time, and He’s long-awaited now. Just as Mary was pregnant with child until the time was full for Jesus to appear the first time, Jesus Christ is now waiting until the fullness of time to appear again. And He tells us in Revelation 22:7, And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book. To the believer and follower of Jesus Christ, this is great news. To the unbeliever and rejecter of Jesus Christ, this is a warning. How long, O Lord? “Quickly!” He says.
May all believe on Jesus so that they will be ready when Jesus comes again! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!