Are we there yet? Is it almost time? When will it start? These are questions I seem to hear daily from my young children. Whether it’s wondering how much longer on a car trip, or when we will have supper, or when we will read a book together, or when will it be Christmas, questions about “when” seem to be quite regular around our house. It seems we are always waiting for something, and that something can never get here soon enough.
“When” questions are fitting for Advent, which is a season of anticipation. When will Jesus return? When will he take us home to be with him eternally? When will all the promises be fulfilled? Advent means “coming”. And just as God kept is promise about the sending of His Son, Jesus, 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, God will keep his promise that Jesus will come again. We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know Jesus is coming. Advent is also a season of preparation. So how do we prepare for Jesus’ coming? Humble ourselves before the Lord; look to God in repentance; and know that in your Savior Jesus, you have complete and full forgiveness. He is coming to take you home.
Revelation 22:20 – “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”