Promise, Fulfilled, Celebration
When I think of Jesus’ Advent, His birth and His Second Coming, three Biblical truths come to my mind this morning. First, that God PROMISED to send a Savior, a Redeemer, a Deliverer, an Anointed One, Who would save us from our sins, Who would reveal the One true God, and Who would restore and exceed the human race’s place in perfect paradise with God forever. These covenant promises begin in Genesis 3 and are the scarlet thread woven throughout the Word all the way through Revelation. These prophecies are absolute evidence of the authenticity of Jesus, His identity and guarantee of our salvation.
Second, Promise FULFILLED. God was faithful to make good on His covenant promise. Despite the sins, betrayal, and rejection of man; despite the schemes and rebellion of Satan; God’s will was done in the birth of Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection. So, there is no reason to doubt that His promise to come again will not be fulfilled. In fact, the covenant promise made good assures us that He will return as He says, in power and glory, to judge sin and sinners, to end the reign of Death, and to establish a new heaven and earth with His followers as kings and priests in the kingdom of God.
Thirdly, CELEBRATION resounded throughout heaven and earth when Jesus was born. The angels proclaimed and sung His glory. They told the shepherds to rejoice for unto them on this day their Savior was born. New babies are such a source of celebration. This baby was the zenith of celebration and rejoicing. That is why we love to sing the songs of Christmas. They express such love and joy. Our hearts are happy with praise. Christ has come. Hope has been born. Peace birthed in the hearts of men bringing victory over the darkness within us.
Thus, we should have the same heart concerning Jesus’ return. Yes, it will be a day of terror for those who reject Jesus, but for us who believe it will be a day of triumph, liberation, and thanksgiving. The fullness of His promise will be ours forever. No more tears or suffering. Christ is King. Our Lord, Whom we love, will have come and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, He is Lord. As though we had been adrift at sea in a raging storm, in danger of destruction and death, then instantly safe at harbor, miraculously saved, we will sigh with relief and praise His holy Name.
Today, I am praising God for Jesus, for His Promise, His Fulfillment, and the Celebration of Life in His Name. We have storms ahead, but we know He will walk with us. He will be our Strength, our Protector, and our ultimate Hope and Deliverer. We need have no fear, but be embraced in His love forever. Christmas is truly a time of rejoicing, singing and celebration. We have received the greatest gift we have longed for from our birth. Now He is alive in our heart..