Happy New Year!
Before you stow away your Christmas decorations and prepare for Valentine’s Day, may I ask: was there something more important to Jesus than Christmas celebrations and why?
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, though I must admit I hate the hustle and bustle; it saps the joy out of it. I find it entirely fitting and astounding that the whole world stops – those who believe and those who don’t – and celebrates the greatest birth ever! The only one of it’s kind! God made man! And through a virgin! Astounding!
Why then did Jesus not emphasize the celebration of His birth?
As far as I know the only two sacrament Jesus left the church were baptism and communion and they may provide us with a clue. As He said, through communion we remember Him. His sacrifice. His suffering and death in our place. His blood that washes away our sin. Our new covenant and the ability to stand before God. His love. His grace. His mercy. Most importantly, His return. Did Christmas make you pause to think about the fact that Jesus is coming back? If you are honest, the answer for most is “No.” That all-important fact is lost in the busy-ness.
Before the 1st Christmas, the world lay in sin and despair and waited and waited for Messiah for centuries!
There were many prophecies about the birth of Christ and His life on earth, and they were fulfilled; every one of them! Takeaway lesson: What God says, ALWAYS happens! Always!
And now we wait again. Looking for His second coming. This coming will be different though.
Here’s are some differences between both dispensations:
He came to die for all; next time He will return for His own.
The timing was prophesied, and read in the stars; next time, said He, “no man knows the day nor the hour.”
He came humbly as a human baby; He will return in all His glory and majesty.
He ascended alone; next time we who believe will be caught up with Him in the air!
He arrived unannounced, except to a handful of nondescript shepherds; next time His arrival will be heralded by a loud trumpet heard all at once around the world.
For all these differences and many, many more, there is one similarity: JESUS WILL COME again just as He said!
Are you prepared for such a loud trumpet sound to register in your hearing? Will it be met with joy as you are caught up, or with sudden dread as people around you vanish in an instant?
Do you joyfully anticipate His return, even as a bride awaits her groom? Are you looking for Him?
What if 2014 was the year?
One thing is certain, we are 2000 years closer now than when He first came!
Make this year truly special. Think often and clearly about Jesus’ return. Think about the imminence of His coming. Allow yourself to think, “what if He returns today?” “Before dinner?” Before I finish brushing my teeth?!”
Are you living with the awareness of His potential return any second? It will happen in the time it takes to blink! If you allow yourself to think even occasionally in this vein, it will help you make the right choices and decisions, and will make 2014 the best year of your life.
That is my prayer for you — an amazing, fulfilling, and joyful 2014.
I love you!
Siyan Fayiga is a guest columnist of the Waxahachie Daily Light. She resides in Allen, Texas with her husband of 17 years, and their three children aged 13, 14, and 15. Siyan owns a business in Waxahachie, and her husband has practiced medicine in Waxahachie for more than 16 years. She teaches a ladies’ community Bible study, which meets at Chick Fil’A on 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 7 a.m. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.