Joy of Anticipation

This is a wonderful time of year, and not just because of family/friend gatherings. Advent is upon us. The time we remember Jesus’ first coming and anticipate His second coming becomes more and more special each year. In the past I always thought of this time as anticipation for Christmas, but learning what Advent means (coming) adds to the fruitfulness of the time.

Last night our Advent reading was I Thessalonians 4:13-18, a passage I (until recently) never would have thought of relating to this time of year. The apostle Paul exhorted the church to comfort one another with the message of Christ’s coming. Comfort can be drawn from the fact that when Jesus comes the second time we will be forever with Him, in addition to being with all those who died “in the Lord.”┬áThis motivates us to live obediently now, in addition to knowing that one day we will be reunited with all those we know who died in Christ. This second coming is indeed a blessed hope (Titus 2:13).