Looking Forward

Most of the time, it seemed like it would take forever for my dad to get home!

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 24:44

Most of the time I couldn’t wait for my dad to get home from work.

When I was 8 years old, we lived in Long Lake, Illinois – which is about 45 miles from downtown Chicago.

On cold November Friday afternoons, I remember waiting to see the car lights pull into the driveway, telling me that my dad was home!

I knew that he would most likely have some comic books that he bought – Archie® and Batman® were my two favorites!

I didn’t really know what time my dad would get home. I knew it must have been sometime between 6 and 7 o’clock. But being eight years old I didn’t have much of a concept of time and how long it took for waiting for things that I was really looking forward to.

Most of the time, it seemed like it would take forever for my dad to get home!

That is, unless my mother had said something along the lines of, “Just wait until your father gets home!”

She said that when I got in trouble. And when that happened, time seemed to fly by and it was no time at all when my dad walked through the kitchen door and I had to face whatever punishment I deserved for being naughty that day.

Two ways of waiting for my dad to get home – one event with different feelings.

As we get further into November, the Church Year quickly comes to a close (it ends on November 30).

The focus of the Church in these last few weeks of her year becomes the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ.

While we Christians believe that Jesus Christ will come back, we don’t know when he’ll be coming back. The Bible doesn’t give a specific day and time. Jesus even states clearly that no one knows the day or hour – not even himself – only the Father knows that day.

How do you wait for that day?

Do you look forward to it? Is that day going to be a glorious and joyful day?

Or do you dread that coming day and all the connotations of judgement that are associated with it?

One day that can cause two very different feelings.

For one who is feeling the guilt of his sin and has not experienced the liberty of the forgiveness Christ has won for us on the cross, the day of Christ’s Second Coming can cause extreme dread and fear.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Because Jesus did die on the cross to forgive all the sin of all the people of all time.

Your sins are forgiven. God loves you and forgives your sins! And your faith in Jesus Christ is your assurance of this truth!

No one will ever be able to cause you the dread of, “Wait ‘till your father gets home” because when Christ returns, he will bring you to heaven!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, strengthen my faith so that I may look forward to the coming of Christ with joyful expectation and not fearful dread; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

© 2017 True Men Ministries


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