“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.” – Luke 21:25-28
When we meet up with tragedies and disappointments in life, we often feel despair. At these times, we come to believe that there is no hope or escape. But there is.
Our God through his word, tells us that there is hope. Consequently, we cling to this hope with all of our might. Life itself seems to teach us that pain comes before joy.
The trials and tribulations we experience will not last forever. God is in control. No matter how painful and frustrating life may be now, a time of joy awaits us in the future. Look up. The best is yet to come.
Last Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday in Advent. Advent begins the ecclesial year.
The Christian church observes the season of Advent as a time of expectant waiting and preparation. We celebrate our Lord’s nativity and we wait expectantly for his second coming.
Our Lord’s coming is real. The church looks forward to this great event. It is something we all look forward to. If we are alive when our Lord comes, it will be a marvelous experience.
The text tells us that the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Those heavenly bodies are the stars, the sun and the moon. However, when they are shaken, it will happen suddenly and deliberately. There will not be time to consult your neighbor or even a church member.
At our Lord’s coming we will all see the Son of Man coming in a cloud. However, that is nothing to be afraid of. The church looks forward to this great day. That is why we celebrate Advent.
The Lord in his second coming “will come with power and great glory”. During his first visit to earth, he came in poverty and humiliation. He had no place to lay his head, or a place to call home. In fact, he was always on the run from the earthly powers.
But in contrast to his first coming, in his second coming he will come with great power. There will be none who will be able to stand against him. What a marvelous day that will be. Therefore we say, come Lord Jesus, come.
During our time of waiting, let us not dwell on his coming but on how we live our lives until he comes. Let us proclaim the good news, telling the world of the Son of God who came into the world to redeem us from our sins. Through his death and resurrection, he reconciled us to God.
When my children were very young, I often had to leave home and go away. They watched and waited for my return. When they realized that I was home, they rejoiced and came to me with great joy.
Let us watch expectantly. Our Lord’s coming is imminent. When he comes, he will come as a friend and a just judge.
Therefore, we will not have to be afraid because we know that he is just, and merciful. He will welcome us before his throne. O what a day, a glorious day that will be for us. This causes us to say, “O come, O come, Emmanuel.” Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.