By Chaplain (Maj.) Luis Nestor Anda
Jesus came and he is coming again. Advent, which means “coming,” is the season observed by many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting; it is a time of preparation for the Nativity of Jesus’ birth, Christmas.
Herod, in Matthew 2:2-6, asks about this child that will be born, inquiring “Where the Christ was to be born.” In Isaiah 7:14, there is the declaration of the coming of the lord, “Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Thus, awaiting the Christmas celebrations, and the coming Advent season brings great excitement and jubilation.
But what about the second coming? Are you ready and waiting for that too? The Bible tells us that no one knows the day or hour of Jesus’ return. Nonetheless, he will come again for the Scriptures declare this new Advent, and we are to watch.
Jesus says in Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
As many watched and waited for Jesus’ birth, we need to be watching and waiting for his return. He is coming again.
During this upcoming Advent season, as you celebrate the birth of Christ, celebrate and await his second coming, too.
Remember that in Matthew 24:31, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with him, then He will sit on his glorious throne”.
Oh, what a day of rejoicing for this second Advent.
Are you ready?