The King is Coming
October 31, 2020
For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come (Matthew 11:13-14).
From Genesis 3:15 onward through the Law, Writings, and Prophets, all the way to John the Baptizer the message of Scripture is clear - the Messiah of God will come. The Old Testament people lived for that hope. They believed God’s promise and looked for its fulfillment. But nothing was said in Scripture that the appearing of the Messiah would be immediate. It took nearly 3,000 years before Christ came as Israel’s Messiah. But His appearing was at the right time.
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-5).
God has appointed a time for all things. As the Sovereign Lord of all creation, He has established a time frame for each step in His plan for all creation to take place. Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, to the despised One, to the One abhorred by the nation, to the Servant of rulers, "Kings will see and arise, princes will also bow down, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You." Thus says the Lord, "In a favorable time I have answered You, and in a day of salvation I have helped You; and I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, to restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages (Isaiah 49:7-8).
Not only does God cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), He causes all things to work together for good according to His timetable. Mankind had to wait a long time before the Messiah came to save us from sin.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus is coming back to us from heaven. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven" (Acts 1:10-11). We don’t know when the Lord will appear, but it will be a glorious day for those who are saved to see Him descend from the clouds to take us home to heaven with Him!
“Father, thank You for the promise of the Lord and Savior who came, died on a cross, and rose from the grave to give us salvation as Your free gift to us. Thank You for the promise that Jesus is coming back to make that salvation complete by taking us home to heaven. In the words of Your servant John, “Come, Lord Jesus!” To Your honor and glory I ask, Amen.”