Hello Friends of Son Light,
Anticipation. What’s the first thing you think about when you hear that word? For some it might be the end of our current isolation condition. For others it might be an upcoming vacation (I was just watching the web cams at Ocean City, NJ and picturing myself there). And some of you might think ketchup. I’m sure you remember the Heinze commercial many years ago that used the song Anticipation. Go ahead, show your age.
But how far down on the list is your anticipation of the return of Christ? Number 6 or 7 or is it even on the list? As Christ followers, we should be filled with excitement and anticipation for the day that Jesus returns. Why is this important?
Imagine if there was no promise of a return and no mention of a new Heaven and a new earth. All we would know is what we see today. Does that give you hope and inspiration? How could it? We live in a disease filled and evil filled world corrupted by sin.
But when you know, and we do know by the true Word of God, that there is coming a time when there will be no tears, no fears, no sickness, no hardships or trials then we have cause to rejoice today. That’s right, don’t wait until it happens but give thanks to God today for what He has promised will happen.
The Apostle Peter closes his second epistle like this: “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these [last day events], be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace… You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:14,17-18)
We must still deal with whatever difficulty and trial that is before us but we can do so in confident hope, joy, and anticipation of what is to come. John MacArthur offers this prayer: “Thank You, Father, again, for this wonderful reminder of our future. Thank You that You’ve written our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Thank You that You’ve caused our hearts to turn in faith to Jesus Christ and be saved. Thank You that we’re headed for heaven. Thank You that we shall never be condemned, but only know eternal glory. Not because we’re worthy, not because we’ve done anything to deserve it but because You loved us and You gave Your life for us, because we simply received the offer of salvation freely given.”
So, with a grateful heart, let our rejoicing and praise of Almighty God flow freely. And the ketchup too.
Michael Nolt, Pastor