Some days I forget it's Advent.
Not just the days leading up till Christmas...but we're living in Advent all the time, people! We're waiting, preparing (that's what "Advent" means), for the second coming of Jesus Christ, whose first coming to earth we'll celebrate in just twelve days.
We're waiting for the Son of God to come back--God, who became human, one of us--in order to live, die, and rise again--for us.
This Son of God, who loves us so very much, is coming back for us.
Even as we anticipate the joy of Christmas, we see so much sadness in the world. War, hunger, poverty, homelessness, disease, crime, anger, hate... all the signs that sin saturates this planet. It might be easy to forget about some of those things for a while, when we're in our warm homes, brightened by colored Christmas lights, eating lots of special food and treats, spending our over-abundance of money on gifts (many of which aren't really necessary), and wishing each other the peace and joy of the season.
Don't get me wrong, those are all good things and I enjoy them so much! But we like to forget all those bad things that are happening, that don't affect our lives. But those things are part of our world, too. They're caused by our own sinfulness. But Christ came to this sinful world anyway...isn't that amazing?
It's important to remember that these things won't last. All those horrible, sad, depressing things? They're temporary. Our houses, our possessions, our jobs, our wealth (or lack thereof) aren't permanent.
The peace and joy that our Savior brings, though--that will last.
Soon the reign of sin in the world will end. It may not be in our lifetime, but it will not last forever.
I'm fairly certain it won't end on December 21st. God is returning, but not when we expect Him to. We can't foretell when that Day will come--not even the Son knows that, but only the Father.
But it is coming! The Savior who has come into the world, will come back--to take me, and all believers, to live in paradise with him, for eternity.
It'll be like a never-ending Christmas celebration: surrounded by our loved ones, in the light of His presence, praising God and basking in His love. Forever.
Are you ready?