This May be the Year He Comes
Happy 2020! The new year promises resolutions and promises to be a better version of ourselves (whatever that means exactly). We will shed a few pounds, exercise, save more money, stop giving our time (and lives) to our smartphones. All the rage is to improve ourselves. Popular conventional wisdom is operating along these lines. The alarming part is that as Christians we may be duped into believing the same gobbly goop. All this happens because we believe a lie that we must simply be better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all a lie. Humans rarely believe an outright lie. It’s the half-truths that get us. What we need is not a better version of ourselves. We need the only one who lived the way humans are supposed to, namely the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.
We have not come out of simply 2019, but having journeyed through the season of Advent that leads up to Christmas and then twelve days subsequently Epiphany. The church calendar can help align us with a view of time that is ordered with the events of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, an awareness of 2019 giving way to 2020 is not ignored but it is put in its proper place. We are those whom the end of the ages have fallen upon (1 Cor. 10:11). Said another way, we see 2020 in light of what Christmas promises…His coming. Consider, this may be the year that Jesus Christ comes. In all His glory, dazzling array with a company of heavenly hosts and saints numbering thousands upon thousands (see Jude 14; Rev. 19:14). We can say this because it could happen. The apostles made it clear in the Gospels and letters that His coming is imminent and could happen at any time. Let me be clear, we are not making a prediction. History is filled with predictions of when Jesus will come. Our Lord made it clear that no one knows the day or the hour (Matt. 24:36). The imagery of Jesus coming as a thief in the night is a clear indicator we will not know when He will come (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 16:15). But we do know that Jesus will come. The Bible ends with Jesus promising, “Behold, I am coming soon.” (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20)
As you consider and plan what 2020 will look like, remember this: this may be the year He comes. Please be ready. Commit your life to Him and be free through His great love for you.