Our granddaughter, Jennifer, is arriving at the Tampa Airport today.Â She is coming just to visit and spend time with us.Â We are looking forward to her coming.Â We are preparing our home to be welcoming.Â I am thinking of and planning special treats to cook for her.Â We are really anticipating her visit!
This reminded me of the anticipation that Christians have for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ!Â Gene and I know exactly when to expect Jen to arrive in Tampa.Â We donâ€™t know the hour nor the day that Jesus will come.Â However, we surely are excited about His return.Â Remember the old Ketchup commercial with the song, Anticipation?Â We watched and waited for the ketchup to come out of the bottle.Â Sometimes, we thought it would never happen.
It seems as though, we have waited a long time for Christâ€™s return.Â Talk about anticipation!Â However, He has told us that He will come back for us.Â Even though it seems a long time that we have waited, it is closer than it has ever been before.Â It might be today!
Matthew 25:1-13 tells the story of ten virgins who waited for the bridegroom with their lamps lit.Â Five were wise enough to bring extra oil.Â The other five were left in the dark as their lamps went out and there was no more oil.Â Verse 13: â€œWATCH THEREFORE, FOR YOU KNOW NEITHER THE DAY NOR THE HOUR IN WHICH THE SON OF MAN IS COMINGâ€.Â We must be alert and watching for the return of Jesus, the King of Kings.
While we are waiting, we need to be about our Fatherâ€™s business. Luke 19:12-13: â€œTHEREFORE HE SAID: A CERTAIN MAN WENT INTO A FAR COUNTRY TO RECEIVE FOR HIMSELF A KINGDOM AND TO RETURN.Â SO HE CALLED TEN OF HIS SERVANTS, DELIVERED TO THEM TEN MINAS, AND SAID TO THEM, DO BUSINESS TILL I COMEâ€.Â Jesus left this earth and is now sitting on His throne in Heaven.Â But, He is coming back.Â Just as Gene and I are getting ready for Jenniferâ€™s visit; so we need to be ready for the return of the Lord!
Are you ready?
MARVELOUS MESSAGE WE BRING,Â Â GLORIOUS CAROL WE SING!Â WONDERFUL WORD OF THE KING JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!
COMING AGAIN, COMING AGAIN, MAYBE MORNING, MAYBE NOON, MAYBE EVENING AND MAYBE SOON!Â Â Â Â COMING AGAIN, COMING AGAIN!
OH, WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY IT WILL BE!Â JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!Â Â Â Â Â Â John Peterson