We are a week away from Jesus’ coming. Do you feel a sense of excitement as we relive this momentous occasion? Let me see if I can help you build your sense of excitement.
In the ancient Hebrew culture (and possibly even today), there was a belief that when something was said out loud, it brought the “thing” into existence. Thus, by saying aloud a praise to God when in a sad place, there was a true turn of mood. When they spoke of their history, especially the passover, there was a sense of being with their ancestors who lived those events.
Thus, as we say Merry Christmas, as we talk about Jesus’ coming again (both in celebrating his birth and in acknowledging his second coming), we bring these events into our reality.
I had to stop and ponder the second coming. Did I believe that? As I meditated on this, I realized that there is a sense of Jesus’ coming in the Body of Christ. I realized that my statement was correct. I don’t know when Jesus’ full coming will happen. I’ve pondered about him coming through the body of Christ. I think maybe more likely, it is an interim coming. The problem is – we don’t fully participate in our role in the body. I wonder if we have lost our sense of being a part of the body, and what that means. A thought for another day.
Spend sometime today pondering the coming of Jesus (in both senses). Say some prayers aloud asking him to make himself more fully present in your life. Say some prayers of praise and bring some joy into your life. We were made to praise God, and in so doing you will experience a sense of joy; a sense of living out your purpose. Of course, you have to believe to feel the joy. May God bless you on your journey towards living out your faith more fully.