Today's Scripture Reading: Revelation 22

We have come to the end of the Advent Season. Soon, Christmas decorations will be put up, kids will neglect gifts they waited months to open, and we will all drift back into another calendar year of busyness. Over the last 3 weeks we have studied how for thousands of years the people of God longed for the Messiah to come, how Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, how He lived the life we could not and died the death we deserved. We also have looked at how He rose from the grave in victory, ascended to heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God.

So what is our response to living on this side of the resurrection? In short, we await His Second Advent. As we see in our reading today, the Bible ends with a cry similar to that of the Old Testament, “Come, Lord Jesus!” What does this waiting entail? God’s Word teaches us that throughout the entirety of our lives awaiting this advent, we are being conformed into the image of Christ. As we await the return of our Savior, we trust in Him knowing that in all things God is plotting for our ultimate joy. In faith, we take this gospel to Birmingham, this nation, and to the ends of the earth. We plead with those around us to come and drink the water of life without price (v17). As we wait, we hold fast to the words of life knowing that God can be trusted with His gospel as He brings a multitude from every tribe, tongue, and people group on the planet to Himself.

We wait with great anticipation for our King to come and make all things new; Christ will lead us to fountains of living water and wipe away every tear from our eyes. He will bind up our broken hearts. There will be no more sickness, no more sorrow, no more death; but we will see God as He is. We will be free from sin and we will know in full the words of the psalmist, “In your presence there is fullness of joy and are your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”