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Christmas Points to the Second Coming

We get so excited about Christmas, and that is good.  Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).  He came to save his people from sin (Matt. 1:21).  Without Jesus’ first coming, we wouldn’t know God in such an intimate, real, and personal way.

Still, how much more excited should we be that Jesus is actually coming back?  He is going to return to establish his reign and rule on the earth in a way never before seen.  He is going to come as a conquering King and General.  He’s going to come with a vengeance and a sword (Rev. 19:13-16).

Christmas is good, but without the promise of a second coming, we would be left hopeless.  We’d be saved, yes, but from what?  Jesus is coming to judge, and he is coming back to save those who are eagerly waiting for him (Heb. 9:28).  No second coming, no ultimate saving.  Without the second coming, our salvation would be a vague fog of wishful thinking.  This is akin to salvation in the Old Testament.  If there was no promise of a coming Messiah to the people of Israel, all of their laws, rituals, and traditions would have been null and void.  Jesus gave the law substance.  Today, he gives our salvation substance by promising he will return (see Acts 1:6-11).

Thank God for Christmas, but thank him just as much, if not more, for the second coming that will complete the redemption and salvation that God has worked in you.