We were not there, but God visited us. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant— As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—” (Luke 1:68-70 NASB) This next time He won’t be visiting. He is coming to sit on David’s throne reigning as king forever. Righteousness will reign over all the earth.
I have observed a glairing difference, between Christians, in the degree of anticipation regarding Christ’s second coming. Degrees of anticipation are measurable when comparisons are made. Christians in Pakistan truly want Jesus to come back NOW. In anticipation they are aching for there to be justice on this earth. On the other hand, most in the west are anticipating their next vacation or something like that.
Seriously, where is our focus? Do we really want Jesus to come back this minute, or is there something we want to do first. There are not many options for my Pakistani friends. Things are awfully bad. But not for us, we have options. Ham or roast, or maybe both. They are grateful if there is food. They are ready to leave this hard life, we want to live longer.
God’s grace has opened my eyes to the suffering of others. I cannot walk away, nor can I meet every need. I have come to realize that the gift of food is needed more than giving or receiving things. Do we have to be suffering, in order to long for Christ’s return? No! Not if we set our priorities in the right order. He will become our desire. Come, Lord Jesus, come!