Christmas is just around the corner and we get the opportunity to meet our relatives and friends that have been away for a long time. Who is coming over this Christmas?
How excited we get when people tell us they are coming soon! Not just for Chrismas That is what the Lord Jesus reminds us of today. In the last book of the Bible, in the last chapter and in almost the very last verses, he encourages the Christians to look forward to the time when Jesus will return. He says, ‘Behold, I am coming soon.’ When Jesus spoke those words, He realized that mankind, because of his sinful nature, sometimes focuses a little too much on the things of this life and this world.
He wants us to look forward in anticipation to the time when He will return. Yes! He is coming! When Jesus comes to the conclusion of these words in this letter, He reminds John, by saying “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Lest John had any doubts, Jesus reminded him that this was still the same Jesus who had created the heavens and the earth: the Alpha, the beginning, and the first. This is the same Jesus who will come as the final judge of the earth, the Omega, the end, the last. What is he coming to do?
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and when he comes again, the judge of all mankind. He tells John, "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. When Jesus returns on that last day as the judge, He will do just like a judge does. He will reward those people for what they have done. Either they will be taken into the gates of heaven or they will face the punishment that is due them because of their evil and wicked actions.
I want to leave you with something to think about this Christmas, we shall get this advice in the book of Hebrews 3:1 "Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess." When Jesus says, ‘Behold, I am coming soon’, He reminds us today to fix our thoughts on Jesus who will return.