Anticipate the coming King
Christmas is just around the corner. It seems that it comes earlier every year. Before Thanksgiving Day tables are polished off people have Christmas on their mind. Lights and decorations are already beginning to pop up around neighborhoods and stores, and some of these decorations started mid-November. The Christmas season is a joyous time for most people, as they plan to gather with family and celebrate with gifts, parties and meals. Christmas is one of those events that most people look to with fondness and anticipation. It goes without saying that children are usually the ones who carry the most anticipation of the coming day. I think that the childlike desire and longing for that day should teach us all something about our own anticipation of the day that Jesus will come again.
Unfortunately the anticipation for Christmas in many ways has been twisted to reflect mere materialism rather than what it was originally meant for. The phrase that has been used for years now ought to be a reminder to the hearts and minds of Christians, “Jesus is the reason for the season”. Although cliche, it is an important reminder for us all to keep our focus on who this season was meant to be for.
Throughout history Christian churches have celebrated this coming day through Advent. This word "advent" comes from the Latin "adventus" meaning "arrival" or "coming," particularly of something having great importance. And there is no greater importance than the King of kings! It is a designated time for many churches and even individual homes to make a big deal about the coming day of Christmas, and the fact that the Almighty God became God incarnate in order to save us from our sins. This time is not just one day of anticipation, it is an entire season of anticipating that one coming day. This idea of Advent has the danger of becoming ritual, but with the right heart and mind it is a wonderful time to celebrate and look forward to that day where Jesus came to our rescue. After all this is what Christmas is all about, a day of rescue and reconciliation coming to us!
As you begin to look forward to the Christmas season and all of it’s fanfare, make sure to set your mind and heart upon the object that this season was created for. Remember to focus upon a kind and gracious God who came to us in order to bring salvation. But, in the midst of longing for and celebrating Christmas, remember that this coming of our King is not His last. Know that He is coming again! And, as you set in your heart to anticipate the day of Christmas, use it as a time to recalibrate your heart to anticipate His coming again. Allow the natural inclination of looking forward to Christmas turn into a greater longing and desire for that day that He will come again to take us with Him to our final redemption! Jesus is not just the reason for the season, He is the reason for our entire life if He has saved and reconciled you to Himself. Therefore, anticipate His coming! Long for that day where He will complete the process of making you like Him! Understand that although His first coming was of a humble baby, His second coming will be of a conquering King! Therefore, anticipate your coming King!