Advent

The warm weather continues. The comment was made today in church, that with the shortage of livestock feed, we can be thankful that the cattle are consuming less on these mild days. I can report that my knee surgery is done, and the pain of the injury is gone. The pain I have now is much less severe, and hopefully healing follows. It appears I will soon be able to resume taking care of business.

Yesterday (Sunday), marked the beginning of the Advent Season. For most, it is a countdown to Christmas, and a reminder of the incarnation, or the first coming of the Lord Jesus. As I look at the things going on in the world today, I am convinced that we need to be looking for the second coming of our Lord. It is well and good to anticipate the Christmas season, but also to look forward to the promise of a time he will come for his people.

God promised that he would send a Savior, which he did when Jesus became a human baby. And while Jesus did everything necessary to save us when he came the first time, he also promised to come again. Then all God’s promises will be completely fulfilled. So again we are waiting. Waiting patiently for God to fulfill his promises is what it means to have faith.

I’m not one to dwell on the subject of the second coming, but it really is something to think about. For the Christian, it will be a time of rejoicing as we see the Savior face to face. For all who do not believe, it will be a time of dread and sorrow.

Jesus has promised to return and judge the world: “When the Son of Man comes n his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” (Matthew 25:31-33). The rest of the chapter tells us the sheep will be rewarded with heaven and the goats will be judged and sent to eternal punishment.

Jesus is coming again! Are you ready?

Watching and waiting,
Pastor Jerry

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