Cor. 1: 3, 8
Old Testament Saints waited for the first advent of the Messiah and the consolation of Israel.
The New Testament saints wait for the second advent of the Lord, and the completion of the church in holiness, and its entrance into his glory at his appearing.
We love him as our Saviour, yet unseen, we therefore long to see him as he is “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I. Jh. 4: 20.)
People who are afraid of judgment hope for acquittal. People who are weary and battered hope for rest. People whose earthly course has been disappointing hope for a better world. Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (Jh. 14: 2.)
Yet, none of these wishes or expectations come up to the blessed hope which belongs to the Christians.“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col.1: 27.)
We look for the Saviour, we wait for his blessed appearing according to (Titus 2:13) “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
The word of God gives us the ground on which we cherish this hope. It is simply the word of promise. In parables, and plain statements Jesus Christ assured his disciples that he would return in an unexpected hour “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angel of heaven,” (Mt. 24: 36.)
At his ascension the angel said in Acts one “this same Jesus, which is taken up into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seem him go into heaven” (Acts 1: 11.)
The apostle infused this hope into the early church. All the Epistles refer to it, and the last book of the Bible closes with these words,“Behold, I come quickly,” and the response of the church is “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22: 20.)
Since his ascension his Name has been rising continually above all other names known to mankind and has become the mightiest name upon the face of the earth “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 12.)
Many of those who are called Christians are at heart indifferent to his cause, disobedience to his Word, spiritless about his kingdom and glory “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II. Pt. 3: 9.)
We are not the first generations to cry, Lord how long? When wilt thou return from the far country? When wilt thou take thy great power, and reign?
If I had pleasant and profitable fellowship for years with one whom I have not seen, but who is known to me by his wisdom and kindness. If he has done me more good than all the people whom I have seen, taught me, help me, and stamped the impression of himself on my mind and heart. It should be our wish to see him were we may be nearer to him who has become indispensable to us, the very life of our life.
The heart of a Christian will never be satisfied till he see the Lord. It was Stephen who said “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Ac. 7: 56.)
Often we are weary of ourselves and ashamed of our faults, and therefore long to be perfected at his coming.
It is useless to dispute the fact that we are all imperfect in character and faulty in service “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Ro.3: 23.)
We fall short of our best aims, we blunder in our well-doing, we spoil much good by faults of temper and even our manner, and are unprofitable servants.
The best Christian, in whom perhaps we see no blemish, see in themselves sin and imperfection to the last. The apostle said, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:” (Ro. 7: 18.)
It is his coming that will give the signal for the perfecting of his people, and their complete transformation into his likeness.
Therefore let there be a intense longing of God’s people for the coming of our Lord Jesus.
Let us watch and be sober. Let us not Excess in life with a evil mind, let us not glory in the flesh, are indulgence in unreasonable desire, for we wait for the becoming of our Lord. .Let us be restrained in all things.
Watch and pray. Ask God to help your infirmities, and to deliver you from the spirit of lust and slumber. Your lamps will not go out so long as you pray, for then you have daily supply of oil.
Watch and work. The Lord followed up the parable of the waiting virgins with that of trading servant.
Blessed is the faithful and wise servant whom the Lord, when he comes, shall find him doing the work assigned to him.
The master not only bids us to prepare for death, but prepare to ender an account of our service to him at his return “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (II. Cor. 5: 10.)