BY REV. MARTIN LUCIN - SPIRIT LAKE GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Only young children know how to wait for Christmas. They bounce around on the sofa so excited by the prospect of what Santa will bring them that they can barely contain themselves. That is the way to anticipate Christ's coming!
The apocalyptic words from our Lord in Luke 21 (v.25f.) are not dull listless words. This is language brimming with descriptive imagery: "There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the rearing and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When those things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
These are words that ought to be read by the person with the deep, dramatic voice who provides the narration for the previews at our movie theaters – this is a powerful message!
Christ who was born in Bethlehem’s stable will return to establish his kingdom forever. The day of his return was greatly anticipated by early Christians. Christ himself compared it to a wedding feast, one of the most joyful experiences in human society.
I remember a story in a magazine from a few years back that was about a wedding held in a large church with a long aisle. The bride, who was a bit near sighted, chose not to wear her glasses for the occasion. As she walked down the aisle on her father's arm, the bride turned to her father, and her words echoed through the church.
"Is he there?"
She wanted to make sure the groom was standing at the altar waiting for her. Listen, church! Christ has called us his own bride and he has promised us that he will return.
And he did return in the person of the Holy Spirit to walk with us every day. But more than that, he will return at the end of history to establish his righteousness in the world. His kingdom will come, in fact, it is coming!
In the meantime we are to be prepared and be praying, and, really, we ought to be as excited as little children! After all, Christ is coming. Grace: It is for me, it is for you, it is for everyone!