Today’s Reflection: Luke 21:25-36
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 26:20-27:13; 1 John 4:1-21
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the cloud with power and great glory… (Luke 21:27)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not doubt, I’m telling you why…Jesus Christ is coming soon!”
Thank God that that isn’t how the song goes! But that’s the way we live and think, isn’t it? We doubt. We wonder, “What if I am sinning when Jesus comes back, and He catches me being something other than ‘being good for goodness sake’? Will He damn me?’”
Try. Try like your life depends upon it. Try to live right. Try to be clean. Try to not sin. Literally, try to be good for goodness’ sake. Your family and friends could really use you trying to be good, not just in Advent but year around!
But no matter how hard you try, you won’t be without sin when Jesus arrives. When He shows up on the Last Day you’ll be in the middle of your evilest sin or, worse, you’ll be doing something you don’t even know is sinful. This isn’t permission to “eat, drink, and be merry because tomorrow we all die,” (Isaiah 22:13). Absolutely not! Repent of today of that slavery to your sins!
Jesus is not coming to catch you in a sin. That wouldn’t be hard at all. He is coming to save you, coming to rescue you from this vale of tears. He had to come on Christmas to die on Good Friday and rise on Easter. He took on your flesh. He lived your life before the Law perfectly. He died your death on the Cross. He didn’t go through Good Friday and Easter to lose you to your sins! No, His Last Day Advent is like His Christmas Advent: He’s coming to save you.
For when Jesus comes, you will rise from the dead, just as He rose again. You have already been raised from the dead in the waters of your Baptism. But on the Last Day, you’ll see the reality of His resurrection finally, completely, totally, and perfectly.
He comes, and brings an end to temptation. He comes, and there is no more struggling against sin or needing to sin. He comes, and there isn’t any more sickness, and death becomes just a distant memory. He comes, and He will wipe every tear from your eye.
So when the clouds darken and everything seems to be falling apart, when the heavens themselves are shaken and people are running beating their breasts in repentant fear, take comfort because this all happened on Good Friday. You know the end of the Gospel. He rose on Easter. So stand up and look to the sky for your redemption. Your Jesus is coming! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.