Eagerly Awaiting the Return of Christ (Advent 2012 – Day 21)

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Today’s scripture reads:

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

– Philippians 3:17-21

I’m sure anyone who has been even remotely connected to popular culture or media in the past few years has heard about the Mayan prophecy that failed to come into fruition yesterday. While some argue if the Mayan’s ever actually predicted that the world would end yesterday or not, the fact of the matter is that we are still here. Not much has changed between December 21st and December 22nd and in the end I think this will go down in history as yet another doomsday prophecy that never came to pass. I’d hope that none of us were too terribly shocked by this turn of events since a similar event seems to come up at least once a decade, if not sooner. People have been predicting the end of days since they had a grasp of time. Even the 1st century Christians were prone to false doomsday predictions. Just look at Paul’s early letters like the Thessalonians letters compared to his later works like Ephesians and you can see that it took Paul a while to accept that maybe Christ’s return would not come in his lifetime.

The Bible does not tell us when Christ will return, although we are promised that he shall return some day. Speculating about the exact date is foolish since only the Father knows the exact timing. So in the mean time what are we supposed to do? We have found ourselves in the middle of a great shift. While we look back to Christmas and remembrance of God’s saving plan enacted in our lives we also forward to the day when all will be brought to fruition. We eagerly await the savior’s return when all will be brought into perfect glory and he shall subdue all things to Himself. What a glorious day that shall be indeed. It can be difficult sometimes to be patient and wait on God’s timing. We have to accept that there may yet still be a very long time before our Messiah returns to us as prophesied, and that it is very likely that we will not see such a day in this lifetime. In the meantime we should always remember to show gratitude for being born in such a time that we have seen God’s saving plan being enacted through Christ and his body (which is the Church). We should live as Children of the kingdom of Heaven, and not pursue paths that lead only to destruction and petty pleasures. As the scripture says, many men walk as if their god is their belly, they seek only to fulfill their own desires and passions. Let us take rest and peace in remembering what has already been done for us through Christ, and let us not grow weary in doing good as we eagerly await a return visit from our beloved Lord.

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