Today’s Reading: Daniel 7:1-28 (additional reading: Psalm 119:153-176 & Proverbs 28:23-24 )
Maybe the count down has already started for you or your family, but tomorrow is the day when people all over the world will wake up and open their advent calender. The count down for Christmas is on! With each passing day, the excitement and preparations for its arrival have been accelerating. Lights and decorations have been put up, stores are full, and music is filling the air. A lot of people, especially children, are eagerly anticipating a visit from Santa Claus.
Now that may be important to many people, but the One whose coming I’m looking forward to this morning won’t be coming from the North Pole or riding in a sleigh. Instead, He’s coming from Heaven and arriving on the clouds of the sky! This is the vision which Daniel had in today’s reading (Daniel 7:13-14).
In a vision, Daniel says that he saw the Son of Man coming with the clouds of Heaven in glory & power. And all the people & nations of the entire world worshipped Him! And Daniel wasn’t the only one to talk about His coming. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
Jesus isn’t sending an ambassador – He is coming Himself! And we need to be ready for that day. Advent actually comes from the Latin word adventus meaning coming, it’s a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus coming, both at His birth and as we await His return.
Isn’t it fun to watch the excitement grow on the faces of children as Christmas Day approaches? With each passing day the grins grow, the adrenaline level rises and the expectation almost bursts forth from every pore. We should be even more excited! You & I can be excited about the coming of our King dressed in all His radiance & riding the clouds of heaven.
So as you start to celebrate advent tomorrow, don’t forget it’s true meaning. As you start to rush around, don’t forget to celebrate ‘Jesus is coming!’ In 2 Peter 3:11-12, Peter asks a question of the people, “What kind of people should you be?” Peter, answers his own question by saying, “You should live holy lives and serve God, as you wait for and look forward to the coming of the day of God.”
Are you ready and waiting for Jesus to return?
Father, Thank You that You are true to Your word! Thank You that Jesus is coming back and is going to call us to spend eternity with you. Help us to live ready. In Jesus’ name, Amen