Come Again?

The first time he came, his arrival was noted by some shepherds and astrologers from afar. No monarch, priest, or honor guard fell at his feet. He lay in humble splendor, where livestock ate and slept. CNN was not present with microphone extended, and Time did not declare him “Baby of the Year.”
“Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the people’s of the earth will mourn because of him” (Revelation 1:7).
But the second time he comes, “every eye” will see him, and his coming will not be universally acclaimed. Not everyone who learned of his birth sang “Joy to the earth, the Lord is come.” Herod tried to kill him, and in the process annihilated a generation of Bethlehem babies. Upon his second incarnation, the selfish, the apathetic, the rebellious, they will all be interrupted from their reveling to face reality.
But come again he will, not as crying kid, but as conquering king! There are no clues to the timing of his coming. Not even he knew, while on earth, the day of his return.
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the father (Matthew 24:36).
The first time he came, the world was as unprepared as a Nebraskan on a surfboard, or a Brazilian in a Nebraska blizzard. The world celebrates the time he came; we should also give some thought to the day he will come again, for as certain as the surf rises in California, or the snow falls in Lincoln, so is his second coming!

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