Daily Devotion - December 7, 2020 - The Lord IS Come

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion - December 7, 2020
Reading: Mark 13:1-13, 24-37
Weekly Theme: The Lord Is Coming
Today: The Lord IS Come

I love Christmas Carols...all of them, the old and the new regardless of genre. I love to hear the stories about Christ’s birth sung and love Christmas caroling although I do not sing well. One of my favorite carols is Joy to the World. If you look at the original lyrics to this wonderful song, you will notice the phrase “the Lord is come”. This does not sound grammatically correct, does it? You would expect it to either say “the Lord has come” “the Lord is here now” or “the Lord is coming”... but not “the Lord is come”. Perhaps what appears to be an error, at least in modern day English, is really an opportunity for us to acknowledge that Jesus has come, Jesus is with us right now, and Jesus is going to come back. In fact, in John 1:3, we are told that in the beginning Jesus, the Word, was with God and was God. Jesus was present, Jesus is present, and Jesus will always be present. While he only lived in the flesh for 33 years, he was present before and continues to be present with us today.

In today’s Scripture, Jesus reminds us that this life is temporary and all the things that we think are beautiful, such as temples and churches, are going to go away. These objects are not eternal. He tells his disciples of the warning signs that will lead up to his second coming but warns them also that no one will know the exact time except the Father. He advises them to be on their guard for the coming of the Son of Man. In other words, Jesus is telling his disciples that he is going to leave and then will return at a time that only God knows and advises them to be ready and on their guard. They and we today should be vigilant and always expectant of Christ’s coming.

In Jesus’ last words to his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20, he tells them to go out and make disciples of all the nations, to baptize and teach them, in the name of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and most importantly, to remember that he is with us “always , to the very end of the earth”. How fitting it is, then, for us to sing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come”, and acknowledge that Jesus did come to earth to heal and save; he died for our sins for our forgiveness; and he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where he intervenes for us with God the Father. And he is coming again. But in the meantime, he has promised that he will be with us always through the power of the Holy Spirit whom he calls the advocate who will help us and be with us forever. So embrace the joy that comes to us during this season and always because Jesus has come, Jesus is here with us right now (in this very moment) and Jesus is coming again.

Dear God, thank you for the amazing truth that your Son Jesus was with You from the beginning.  Thank you that he came to earth to show us how to live, love, sacrifice, forgive and also came to conquer sin and death.  Thank you that he is interceding on our behalf with you in heaven and is coming again. Help us to have hope, faith, and joy in knowing he has come, is coming (and is with us this very moment) and will come again. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

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