It is officially Advent season. This is where we enter into a time of waiting for the arrival of the Messiah. In our case, the Messiah has already come once. He showed up in Bethlehem on a cold December night, and the world has never been the same. We celebrate that first coming.
But we also anticipate the second coming. This time it won’t be in the dark. This time it won’t be known only to a few. The next time Jesus shows up, the whole world will know. He won’t arrive as a helpless infant but as a conquering King. He will once and for all put an end to all evil and injustice. All wars and sickness and pain will forever cease. He will bring the true peace that we have been longing for and singing about since that first incarnation almost 2,000 years ago.
We can look forward while at the same time looking back. We can see the manger and the cross because both led to the victory that Jesus won that will very soon be consummated. It will be like in The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis when Edmund, Susan, Peter, Lucy and the rest have that delicious feeling you get when the school term has ended and summer had begun. Only this time, this feeling will go on to infinity and the best part of the story won’t have ended but will only have just begun.
Advent is when we say, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come.”