“…while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13
Right now, I’m waiting for my third baby to arrive. He or she is already a week late and my family and I can’t wait to meet our new little one and see what they look like and learn how God has blessed them for His service. I find myself being impatient (okay, EXCEEDINGLY impatient) for my pregnancy to be over and to start our life with our new child. I am excited and a bit nervous and even though each day seems to take forever, I am assured that I will see my baby when the time is right.
Back in Biblical times, many Christians were waiting anxiously for Christ to appear in His glory. The Thessalonians were so sure of His imminent return that they quit their jobs! Since that time, many generations have not seen Christ’s second coming but it was something they waited for with hope and great expectation.
Am I looking forward to the coming of Jesus as King? Do I live each day with expectation as I wait for the “blessed hope” spoken of in Titus? Am I sharing the good news with my children and others around me with the prayer that they can join me in glory when Christ comes back for His own? I know that even though no one knows the day or the hour, Christ will return at the perfect time.
What a beautiful day that will be for those who are already with the Lord and for those who see it with their own eyes on earth.
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18