The Christmas trick works just about every time. The commercials, the carols, the Christmas TV specials and the gingerbread latte’s all promise that this year will be different. This year will finally be perfect. Our family will finally get along. My kids will be so grateful for their Christmas presents – never tiring of playing with them. We won’t run out of Egg Nog at the party this year. I’ll finally find the perfect gift for that perfect person who will make my Christmas ever so perfect.
Many of us fall for it every year, only to be disappointed. The post-holiday blues set in and we wonder, “Will things ever work out the way I hope and dream?”
Yes. Maybe not this Christmas, but yes.
The Advent season is not just about reflecting on the first coming of Jesus when he arrived as an infant boy in a stable. Advent is also about looking in hopeful anticipation to the second coming when Jesus will arrive on a white horse as King of kings.
When Jesus comes the second time it will be to make all things right and just. Evil will be judged and banished and the bride of Christ rescued and presented “without spot, wrinkle or blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27)
Take a moment and think on this with me: No spot. No wrinkle. No Blemish.
How can this be? I know my sins. I know my wicked heart. I’m well acquainted with my pride, faults and failures. Aren’t you? We would find it joyous if the scripture simply said that Jesus would present me without a heinous scar or disfigurement. We would celebrate for all eternity if we were presented with our mess appropriately covered. How wonderful it would be to just be presentable. But that is not the promise of the Second Advent. Jesus will present us in perfect and completely righteousness. Without spot, wrinkle or blemish.
No spots from our shameful past.
No wrinkles from our disobedience.
No blemishes from our failures.
Soak it in. Savor the good news. Rejoice with a joy that is truly unspeakable. There is coming a day when all will be as it should be. Our King will return and will find us all together lovely.