We sometimes speak of the “coming” or “second coming” of Jesus. Another way to describe it is to speak of His “revealing.”
Imagine children gathering for a party. As they come into the room, they see a large box, far larger than any of them, gift-wrapped and waiting to be opened. They cannot see what’s in the box, but they know it will be good! The gift is there, very near, and their enjoyment of it is certain—they already enjoy it, just knowing it’s there and ready for them! But still they await its revealing.
So it goes with our Lord Jesus Christ. He is here, very near, speaking in the words that He’s given, poured out in the water, giving His flesh and blood beneath the bread and wine, and abiding in the body and soul of His people—He’s wrapped up in His Church! We enjoy His presence, and His nearer presence is certain. Yet still we wait for the day when what we believe shall become sight.
Take time this Advent to pause and wait on Him. As you hear those words, touch that water, eat and drink that Supper, and love His people, be sure to praise and thank Him who personally dwells in and through it all. You shall see Him soon, and how your eyes shall rejoice on that day!
LET US PRAY: Blessed are You, Lord Jesus, who has come to dwell among us. Reveal Your sacred face at last, and by Your glory liberate this whole creation from the shadows that cover it; from Your live and reign with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen
Pastor Steven K. Gjerde