Christ is Coming
December 20, 2020
It was early in November that I saw my first sign of Christmas. There on someone’s Facebook video was a Christmas tree in the background — two weeks before Thanksgiving! It was shortly after that Raye Jeanne and I began noticing that Christmas lights started appearing on houses — earlier than normal. In a year complicated by COVID, political contentiousness, and all the standard problems of financial struggles, relational difficulties, illness, and death, it seems that people are looking for something joyful.
And it’s hard to find joy right now. The secular Christmas tunes like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year,” “Silver Bells,” “A Holly, Jolly Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “Feliz Navidad” fall just a little flat this year. Even some of our biblical Christmas hymns are difficult to sing — “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” I don’t actually see much genuine rejoicing this year. Amid the twinkling lights, I still see despondent hearts and people missing Christmas. I do not want to miss what so many others are missing.
So over three messages, we are being reminded of Christ’s greatness and supremacy through a passage that is not a “Christmas passage,” but a passage that exalts our Savior — Revelation 1:4-8. Last time we were exhorted to delight in Christ because of His infinite uniqueness demonstrated at His Advent. This morning we are compelled to worship Christ because of His authority and victory in His second coming —
Delight in Christ because He has come and is coming in victorious authority.
I admit that Revelation, the second coming of Christ, and eschatology are not typical themes for Christmas messages. But His first coming is completed through His second coming. The hope that was made certain in His first advent and the cross is realized at the second coming. For those of us who are weary and burdened and discouraged and despondent, the second coming is the event for which we are living. The second coming is our goal. The first advent (Christmas) finds its fulfillment in the second coming. Just as Christmas doesn’t mean anything without Easter, so Christmas doesn’t mean anything without second coming of Christ.
So in this passage, John gives us four reminders of the greatness of the Christ who is coming again —
- The Christ Who Came is Coming with Authority (v. 7a)
- The Christ Who Came is Coming Inescapably (v. 7b)
- The Christ Who Came is Coming with Judgment (v. 7c)
- The Christ Who Came is Coming — Truly (v. 7d)
Download the rest of this sermon on Revelation 1:7.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.