Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen
Revelation 1:5-8 (NIV)
They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
Ready or not, here He comes!
The baby was born when people were awaiting a Messiah, but busy with their lives.
Most didn’t realize who Jesus was. Mary and Joseph had an idea, but not fully. The shepherds knew it was big news, but couldn’t possibly comprehended its magnitude. The foreign Magi recognized the fulfillment of scripture unlike many Jews. The disciples came to know the Messiah as He taught and healed, but even they doubted as He hung on the cross.
Those who pierced Jesus didn’t recognize Him, but one day they will. “Every eye will see Him…and all the nations will mourn” as for a firstborn child. They will realize their mistake and be overcome with deep remorse.
Why mourn? Don’t we celebrate Jesus’ coming?
Absolutely! Just as there was great celebration after Jesus’ resurrection and the church grew quickly with the Good News, those who know Jesus as Lord will celebrate His second coming. But those who don’t will be caught by surprise, busy with their lives, not expecting the reality of what Jesus foretold.
Jesus is coming! Are you ready? Will you recognize him?
As you prepare your heart for Jesus’ birth, also prepare for His return. (tweet this)
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Personal Update: My first semester at seminary is in the books and I loved every minute. I’m in exactly the right place for this season of my life. I learned a lot academically and grew just as much spiritually. I gained humility, obedience and trust. God is good, even when He asks us to do hard things.
I return to class in January when Greek continues and I shift from the Old Testament to the New.
For those of you who are local, I will be teaching about the Old Testament Wednesday eve, Jan 31st from 7-8:30pm in the church parlor. I will share some big picture insights I learned this semester – the same teaching I did in Nov, just in the evening.
Have a blessed Christmas everyone!