Advent Reading – December 23, 2017

Delores Derksen – Director of Care

Matthew 24:30

The hope of His glorious appearing will strengthen you in waiting upon God for what He is to do in you now. The same omnipotent love that is to reveal that glory is working in you even now to prepare you for it.

“The blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13), is one of the great bonds of union given to God’s church throughout the ages.

“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man Coming on the Clouds of the Sky with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30

The revelation of Christ in us, as it is given to them who wait upon God, is the true preparation for the full revelation of Christ in glory. My soul, wait thou only upon God!

For many of my beloved seniors, they have already been taken home to Glory. What a fabulous homegoing that must have been. I recently said at the beside of a dying brother in Christ. He said, “I am ready and waiting to see the glory of Christ in person and some day every knee will bow when they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Glory. How blessed I am to be a Child of God.”

“The blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13), is one of the great bonds of union given to God’s church throughout the ages. “He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all them that believed” (2 Thess. 1:10).

Then, we will all meet, and the unity of the body of Christ will be seen in its divine glory. It will be the meeting place and the triumph of divine love. Jesus receiving His own and presenting them to the Father. His own meeting Him and worshiping, in speechless love, that blessed face.  Let us wait, long for, and love the appearing of our Lord and heavenly Bridegroom.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.”    Matthew 25:31

Oh how we look for His appearing! As this world plunges into more evil, we have this blessed hope that our Lord Jesus will return again! He is coming back to take His Bride to be with Him forever! Every day, we look forward to that blessed day when the Saints shall meet Him in the air; and all creation groans for the day when He shall return to reign upon the earth in righteousness. Our blessed Savior is coming back as the conquering King– and we shall return with Him someday!

And as we look toward His appearing when He shall take us home– the Rapture of the Church– may we then be found watching, not sleeping, but watching and waiting for Him.

As we live our lives in this world, we long for this.  This is our hope.  The interest of the child of God in the coming of Jesus Christ is personal.  Jesus does not come just to deliver His church or to raise the dead in a general sense, but the ascended Jesus Christ, when He comes again, will come to me, a believer who is a part of His church.  He will come to raise my dead body.  On that day, I will see Him.  He is my Lord and my Savior.