Dear People of God:
The people of Israel waited many centuries for the coming of the Messiah. Knowing that Jesus the Messiah has come, we are impatient for his coming again. The longer it takes, the greater the desire for his coming. In 2 Timothy 4:8 there is a phrase that caught my attention: "to all who have loved his appearing," a feeling that is more than waiting. It is love for his coming.
We live between his first coming and the second coming. It is like being engaged and the engagement increases both the certainty and the longing for the wedding. It is a growing passion that can only be satisfied by the permanent presence of the one you love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Are we a church that is growing in its intensity of passion and love for the Second Coming of Jesus? The early church expected the coming of Jesus at any time. In your heart, is there such an expectation? The Spirit and the church cry "Come Lord Jesus come soon"!
Holy Spirit work in me and may my love for Jesus prepare me to expect him at any moment.
J. David Singh